A Croatian has lifted the Champions League trophy each season for the last 9 years, and 36 year-old Luka Modrić has the opportunity to extend that streak to 10 on Saturday as Real Madrid face Liverpool in the grand finale in Paris. Modrić will also be looking to win his fifth Champions League title, passing Xavi and Iniesta’s totals of four.
Modrić has done it all this campaign, making runs across the entire pitch, chasing Messi and De Bruyne down with ease, and assisting with the outside of his boot. Without his midfield magic, Madrid would have dropped out of the tournament long ago against PSG, as Modrić’s performance propelled the squad to victory. Modrić then provided two assists over two legs against Chelsea, the second being dubbed “assist of the century” by many fans around the world. The 2018 Balon d’ Or winner is making a serious case for the “UEFA Midfielder of the Year” award and possibly even more.
As previously stated, Modrić is on the verge of owning more UCL cups than Xavi and Iniesta, and already has more than Zidane, Pirlo, and Matthäus. With a win on Saturday, it’s safe to say that Modrić deserves to sit at the head of the “top midfielders of all time” table. No one does it like Luka. Instead of moving to Qatar, Japan, or the MLS, Luka is still dominating his competition in La Liga, European competition, and on the international stage. One can use many words to describe his career to this point: unreal, magical, legendary, etc. But what he has done is undescribable, neopisivo.
Croatia has swiftly become a football powerhouse nation throughout the last decade. The present state of Croatian football is gold, and the future is platinum. At this point, it wouldn’t feel right to see a Champions League trophy hoisted without checkers on the field. Will Luka continue Croatia’s dominance in European football this weekend, or even better, put his name on the scoresheet? At this rate, it’s looking very likely.