Madrid magician Modric shows Messi & Ronaldo that 2018 was his year
Article about Luka on goal.com. It’s long but SO worth it. Thank you Mr. Edwards for saying what we all feel.
Don’t be fooled by his claims that he is a “normal” player - Madrid and Croatia’s hero has proved once more that he is an extraordinary talent
Softly spoken and self-effacing almost to a fault, not even being crowned the world’s best player could inflate Luka Modric’s ego.
The 2018 Ballon d'Or winner ended a decade of tyrannical domination of the award by Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, who had shared out equally – if not always uncontroversially – the last 10 awards. Modric, however, saw his triumph as a win for the ‘little guy’.
“The [Champions League], make no mistake, is perhaps the finest exhibition of football on the planet. From Lionel Messi to Cristiano Ronaldo it plays host to the best players in the world, assembled by teams boasting budgets as large as that of many small nations. But that injection of funds, the disparity that afflicts the game, makes it a little more predictable with every year that passes. […] In a world where money dominates the sport and, more often than not, dictates results, the Libertadores keeps its romance alive long after the Champions League became a private party for Europe’s elites. The likes of Red Star, Steaua Bucharest, Ajax and Celtic can no longer dream of taking down the big boys, but for their counterparts across the Atlantic, nothing is impossible.”x
Scored over 300 goals in a career spanning 19 years. At international level, Crespo scored 35 goals and is Argentina’s third highest goalscorer behind only Gabriel Batistuta and Lionel Messi. He played in three FIFA World Cups: 1998, 2002, 2006. At club level, Crespo was the world’s most expensive player when he was bought by Lazio from Parma in 2000 for €56 million (£35.5M). He was top scorer in the 2000–01 Serie A with 26 goals, playing for Lazio.
Crespo’s awards include three Serie A scudetti, a Copa Libertadores, a Premier League title and an Olympic Games silver medal. In 2004, he was named by Pelé in the FIFA 100 list of the world’s greatest living players. Crespo never received a red card during his career.