It is rare for a player in the world of sports to be regarded as a legend during his playing days. It is a privilege that only the best of the best enjoy and represents the epitome of the sport.
Luka Modric is one such individual in football. The Croatian midfielder still plays at the highest level for Real Madrid at the age of 37 and is already considered one of the best midfielders to have ever graced the field.
According to rumours from MARCA, Dinamo Zagreb’s training pitch near their stadium will be named after Luka Modric as a sign of respect. It has been decided through a democratic vote and shows the unanimous acceptance of the player’s greatness.
Modric began his career with the youth academy of Dinamo Zagreb back in Croatia in 2002. After a few seasons and loan spells from the Zagreb-based side, he entered Europe’s top leagues with a move to Tottenham Hotspur in 2008. Since then, he has not looked back.
At 37, the veteran midfielder is still an indispensable member of Carlo Ancelotti’s side and regularly clocks over 80 minutes even on Champions League nights. He is even expected to start later today when Los Blancos take on Chelsea in the semifinal of the UCL.
In seven Champions League appearances this season, Modric has scored two goals and provided one assist. Further, he averages one key pass per game and has created two big chances.
With Modric’s contract expiring at the end of the season, it has been suggested that the midfielder is set to sign a one-year contract extension with Real Madrid and that the talks were nearing completion.
Needless to say, his continuity will be a big relief for Carlo Ancelotti who also looks set to stay for 2023-24.