It would be quite poetic for a Real Madrid player to end Spain’s dreams at Euro 2020.
For the first time, no Los Blancos player was on the Spanish team in a major tournament with Sergio Ramos excluded by coach Luis Enrique for the tournament.
Modric is the only Real Madrid player who will be present during the round of 16 tie between Croatia and Spain on Monday.
But Enrique’s worst fears could come true if Croatia overtakes Spain on Monday, LIVE on talkSPORT.
If Croatia is victorious in Copenhagen, star midfielder Luka Modric, who plays his club’s football with Real, will be key in that.
His shocking goal against Scotland made the difference between Croatia overtaking the Czech Republic for second place in Group D, while he became the youngest and oldest player to score for his country at the European Championship.
The goal, brilliantly taken from the edge of the area with the outside of his boot, had a former teammate of Modric at Tottenham compare the player to Real Madrid legend Zinedine Zidane.
Modric’s impressive effort put Croatia 2-1 up in their victory at Hampden Park
“For a normal footballer, that’s the most difficult ending: getting that power and that control from the outside of the foot,” Andros Townsend told talkSPORT.
“But Modric, the only other player I’ve seen like this is Zinedine Zidane, he’s better on the outside of his foot. You get more control.
“When I saw that on TV, it didn’t surprise me one bit.”
Modric has served Croatia impeccably in his 15 years as an international for them, most notably helping them reach the World Cup final in 2018, a year in which he beat Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo for the Ballon d’Or. .
Modric was also the winner of the Ballon d’Or in the tournament
However, his career at the club has been even better. Having really established himself in Tottenham, Modric made a big move to Real Madrid in 2012, where he has enjoyed all kinds of successes. He has won four Champions League titles, has two League titles and a Copa del Rey champion medal.
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“He has a natural ability and a God-given talent,” added Townsend. “The most important thing I would say about him is that he knows how to use his body.
“I’m not going to completely go to Yaya Touré and talk about her butt. When he first came to Spurs he was slim, small, people didn’t think he would be able to catch up with the physical demands of the Premier League.
Modric was with Spurs for four years before joining Real Madrid for £ 30 million in 2012.
“What I would say is that he uses his body well. When he is dribbling, he does not go shoulder to shoulder with the defender, he runs them to earn fouls.
“In his opinion, he’s very smart. When it first came, I used to sit there and look at it. I was amazed. Some of the things I would do!
“For him, it was just standard. Off the foot, around the corner. But for me, I thought this guy was special.
Spain will be fully aware of the damage that Modric can do, but whether they can stop him is something else.
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