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Barcelona legend hails Real Madrid veteran as ‘one of the best midfielders’ ever

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Speaking in an interview with AS, former Barcelona midfielder and club legend Andres Iniesta has hailed Real Madrid veteran Luka Modric as one of the best players ever.

Modric, 37, is still going strong despite his advanced years and is performing at the top level week in, week out. The Croatian international continues to remain an integral part of the plans under manager Carlo Ancelotti, even though he is theoretically in the twilight years of his career.

This season, it has often been seen that Modric leaves pitches with standing ovations from the crowd irrespective of which stadium he is playing at. This is similar to what happened with Iniesta during the final phase of his career.

When asked if he sees any similarities between himself and Modric, the current Vissel Kobe midfielder replied: “We are players with different profiles but at the same time similar in terms of position on the field, conception of the game, and handling the ball…

“He is one of the best midfielders there is and will ever be. He is a reference for his team and it is not easy to spend so many years at a club like Madrid making a difference.”

The Barcelona great then addressed the comparisons between the legendary midfield trio involving himself, Xavi and Sergio Busquets and that of Modric, Toni Kroos and Casemiro.

“That Madrid trident is one of the best that has ever existed. They have won many titles and without a doubt, they are one of the best tridents, just like us,” Iniesta said.

The 2010 FIFA World Cup winner also stated that Karim Benzema was the right person to win the Ballon d’Or 2022 award, saying: “The one who wins it is always the just winner.”

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  1. Allen Sibanda

    November 1, 2022 at 3:59 pm

    Iniesta is one of the greatest players in football but Luka Modric I can say he is the greatest midfielder I have ever seen, his dribbling skills, ball distribution, movement off the ball and even his goals are just something out of this world. He is fast and very decisive when he has the ball.

  2. Zaharaddeen

    November 1, 2022 at 7:53 pm

    What inieasta have said is nothing but the truth

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Revealed: The blueprint behind Real Madrid’s €1 Billion revenue ambition

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As one of football’s biggest and most successful institutions, Real Madrid enjoy serious perks on the economic front. After all, they cater to a worldwide audience and thus see their remunerations come in from across borders.

The arrival of Kylian Mbappe will only serve to further grow Los Blancos’ fanbase, and with a generational squad set to dominate world football for the years to come, Florentino Perez sees a special marketing opportunity.

According to reports from SPORT, Real Madrid have thus set themselves a target to hit €1 billion in revenue and have drawn up a concrete plan for the same.

The player aspect

As a football institution, one of the most significant aspects of remuneration is the team’s direct winnings in terms of prize money. Having won the Champions League last season and with Mbappe coming in, the team is in safe hands.

Moreover, the average age of Real Madrid’s squad is just 27.1 years implies that the team has significant longevity with little change expected in personnel.

The second important aspect that the club hopes to count on is the crowd-pulling factor that such young players exert on the new generation.

Kylian Mbappe will be the face of Real Madrid’s marketing campaign. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

Real Madrid already boast 410.9 million followers on social media and have added 48.4 million just last year. Mbappe, who himself has 132 million followers across Instagram and X, will further amplify that number next season and add to the club’s followers.

It is thus clear that the Frenchman will become the face of the club and the centre for all marketing operations of Real Madrid plan.

The road to €1 billion is thus not complicated, although Perez must be wary that Mbappe is picky with the brands he endorses. Further, the distribution of image rights will be a major factor to finalise.

The new Bernabeu

Having undergone extensive renovation, the New Santiago Bernabeu will take over as the world’s highest-grossing football stadium next season and play a massive role in boosting Real Madrid’s collections. The partnership with Sixth Street and Legends will also be crucial.

Furthermore, the new venue will also serve as a massive economy generator through miscellaneous events. Apart from Taylor Swift, the club also has agreements with Karol G, Aitana, Lola Indigo and La Velada del Ano de Ibai Llanos for exclusive events.

Real Madrid plan to add extra revenue from exclusive events at Santiago Bernabeu. (Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images)

Needless to say, such events will serve significantly to boost the income and near the elusive €1 billion mark.

Cost-cutting

The final, yet critical manoeuvre Perez plans is to cut the costs on the wage front with a salary reduction of €0% already being made in both 2019-20 and 2020-21. That was, in fact, one of the major reasons Real Madrid stayed on their feet in the pandemic.

Player sales is another element where the men in white have worked their plan, getting rid of the older players while their market value was still high and reinvesting the cash into younger talents who can serve for at least the next decade.

The club recorded north of €800 million in income last year and the €1 billion mark is not too far off. Needless to say, the coming year could thus be special for the men in white.

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