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Luka Modric
Gender Male
Ethnic Croatian
Job Croatian Footballer
Desc The Croatian would ascend to greater heights at Real Madrid, where he has won four Champions League titles and a Ballon d’Or. But before that he was a key player for Tottenham Hotspur, helping the north London side into Europe’s premier club competition for the first ever time

Affiliation

Org Croatia National Team
Club as Player Real Madrid
  Tottenham Hotspur

2016 01 10 Retrieve

[Luca Modric says Zinedine Zidane is a change for the better at Real Madrid] I am sorry for Rafa and I would like to thank him for his work, but being honest and seeing today’s game I think that the change has been positive. When you lose there is always someone who has to pay. You just have to compare this match with the previous ones. The team’s attitude was different and hopefully we can continue in the same way

We played a lot more rapidly and we functioned as a team in the way was always should function. Today we were a team from the start, up front, at the back and in the middle. What we did against Deportivo was to pressure higher up the pitch and win back a lot of balls and when we had possession we were very dangerous

2017 06 04 Retrieve

[Real Madrid’s coach does not say much but when he does people listen, and his second Champions League win underlined how attuned he is to his players] Zidane tells us what we need to do in the defensive part and in the game to express ourselves, to keep the ball, to play for the team and to try to do our best. If he can see something that we can do on the pitch, he tells us…. [The turnaround] was definitely the mister

2017 12 23 Retrieve

[Luka Modric discusses his future aspirations] Signing for Real Madrid and winning titles is a dream come true. There are not many players who have managed to retire whilst playing for such a team but let’s see what happens. That is my real aim. I also need to win something with Croatia

2018 07 21 Retrieve

[Luka Modric speaks after his side’s 4-2 defeat by France in the World Cup Final] We were so close to winning the World Cup itself. And we will certainly think about it for a long time. But we can be proud. When you see this support of the fans after the match, it definitely makes you happier. We know we did something big here. But when you come so close, it is not easy to take

2019 08 18 Tweet

[Luka Modric says the stamp on Denis Suarez for which he was sent off against Celta Vigo was an accidental action] Sent off for an accidental action. In life I would never intentionally make such an action on a player. Totally involuntary!

2018 09 29 Retrieve

[Luka Modric speaks after win The Best FIFA Men’s Player 2018] You always have dreams when you start playing football. I’m the type of person who always wants to be the best, so it’s only natural that I dreamed one day I would come this far, and thanks to God here I am now. It’s what I’ve worked so hard for. I pushed myself and believed in myself, even in difficult times. I’ve also made it this far thanks to my team-mates, my family and my friends

2018 12 22 Retrieve

[Luka Modric speaks ahead of the European champions’ first match at FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2018] There are still some areas where we can improve but I think we’re heading to Abu Dhabi in pretty good form. When there’s a trophy at stake, we’re motivated

2019 09 12 Retrieve

[Luka Modric has intensified the injury headache being endured by Real Madrid, with the midfielder nursing a thigh complaint] Following the tests carried out today on our player Luka Modric by Real Madrid’s medical department, he has been diagnosed with a muscular injury to the adductor in his right leg. His recovery will continue to be assessed

2019 10 13 Retrieve

[Modric, in Euro 2020 qualifier between Wales and Croatia was left in some discomfort after careering into Harry Wilson in the final minutes, a tackle for which the midfielder was shown a yellow card] [Modric] got hit in the muscle, which is awkward and quite painful, so he had to go off. He will certainly need a two to three-day break, but I hope he will be alright

2019 10 15 Retrieve

[Luka Modric considers Gareth Bale to be an amazing player and is hoping to see the Welshman remain at Real Madrid for the foreseeable future] He is an amazing player and very important for the team. He is showing that this season. Hopefully he will stay this season and the next seasons as well

[Bale scored a spectacular solo goal against Croatia to earn Wales a 1-1 draw on Sunday, but both he and Modric ended the contest nursing knocks which will concern their club side back in Spain] I didn’t see Gareth afterwards because I was also injured. We will see if I am okay. I am hopeful he will be okay. He’s an important player for Real Madrid and hopefully it’s nothing and it is just cramps. We will see

[Modric added on the challenges facing a team that have delivered four European successes for himself and Bale] It’s still the beginning of the competition but we have a few more games left. We are good enough to overcome this bad start and qualify for the next round

2019 10 22 Retrieve

[Madrid’s Modric reveals his favourites to win the Ballon d’Or 2019] I think it will be difficult, but for me there are four names that stand out: Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Virgil van Dijk and Mohamed Salah. I wish them good luck

2019 10 30 Retrieve

[Luka Modric insists friend and team-mate Gareth Bale fits in well at Real Madrid and enjoys being at the club] Gareth and I are very similar. We are shy and sometimes we don’t talk much. Gareth speaks and understands Spanish, and there is a good atmosphere and he gets along very well with his team-mates and is delighted to enjoy Madrid and the best club in the world. Of course, everyone enjoys their own way and you have to respect their way of being. He is exemplary with his behaviour. I get along very well with him

2019 10 30b Retrieve

[The Spanish giants have since added three more Champions Leagues to their collection, but Modric is unsure whether it would have been possible if not for Ramos’s famous goal] It’s difficult to make such judgements. I don’t know. It may be the case that this goal changed the history of European football. Real Madrid had already won a lot of trophies, but they hadn’t lifted the Champions League trophy for 12 years. This goal changed something, the mentality changed. From that moment we started to be very strong in Europe and teams were afraid of us again. That shows how important mentality is in football.

People had spent 12 years talking about La Decima and it became a mental thing. [Jose] Mourinho went to three semi-finals and it was hard to overcome this mental barrier. When we reached the final and to win it with that goal, it still gives me goosebumps, we showed such strong character and never gave up

[Modric broke Ronaldo and Lionel Messi’s Ballon d’Or stranglehold by winning football’s most prestigious individual accolade in 2018] That was a recognition of my entire career, but a very special year in particular. I was lucky enough to win the Champions League again, which isn’t easy, and I also reached the World Cup final with a country like Croatia, which for us is something that words just can’t describe. I don’t like to talk about myself, but I think that, in the individual sense, I played a very good season and the footballing people have recognised that. It’s no coincidence when so many people vote for you

2019 11 12 Retrieve

[Luka Modric has revealed he would like to one day play in Italy amid rumours that the midfielder could leave Real Madrid this summer] I like Italy, it’s close to Croatia. I watch Serie A because I have many national team-mates playing there. Then the Italians are fantastic and have a mentality similar to us Croats. We’ll see if one day I can play in Italy, I can’t talk about this because I’m a Real Madrid player, I like being in Real and for now I see my future only there

2019 12 03 Retrieve

[Real Madrid’s Luka Modric congratulates Barcelona rival Messi after sixth Ballon d’Or win] Sports and football are not just about winning, they’re also about respect for your team-mates and rivals

2019 12 11 Retrieve

[Modric has enjoyed a bounce back in form over recent weeks, perhaps benefitting from the increased rest time Fede Valverde’s emergence has afforded him] I’m very happy in Madrid. It’s true that my season started slowly because of the red card and my two injuries. I lacked consistency and form. Now, I’m feeling well and I’m enjoying football and Madrid more than ever. What I need is to play, improve my form and show what I’ve always shown.

2020 06 15 Retrieve

[Kylian Mbappe needs to leave Paris Saint-Germain to reach the level of dominance his potential suggests] Mbappé has everything to dominate the scene. But I think that to make the leap in quality he needs to go to a championship in which his team does not win so easily. I’m sure I can play at a high level for two more years, then we’ll see. I would like to end my career at Real, but it will also depend on the club. Of course, I’ll do the coaching course. For us, the national team is a feeling above football, both as a player and as a coach I’d be honored to be there

[He admitted that Real had missed their ex-superstar since his departure to Juventus in 2018 and was full of praise for the Portugal attacker] Talking about [Ronaldo’s ability] seems trivial to me: he is among the best ever. We missed his goals and character at Real: Cristiano always wants to win, he motivated us and made us react. As a person then he is a 10 - he has a big heart and is always ready to help those in need

2020 06 15b Retrieve

[Luka Modric says Cristiano Ronaldo always motivated Real Madrid to win and Los Blancos miss his goals and character] Talking about the player seems trivial to me - he is among the best ever. We missed his goals and character at Real. Cristiano always wants to win, he motivated us and made us react. As a person then he is 10. He has a big heart and is always ready to help those in need

[Modric believes he can continue to compete at the highest level and wants to end his career at Madrid] I’m sure I can play at a high level for two more years, then we’ll see. I would like to end my career at Real, but it will also depend on the club. Of course, I’ll do the coaching course. For us, the national team is a feeling above football, both as a player and as a coach I’d be honoured to be there