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Former Barcelona star heaps praise on Real Madrid veteran: “Closest thing to Federer playing tennis”

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Former Barcelona and Argentina star and current president of Boca Juniors, Juan Roman Riquelme has said that Toni Kroos is for football what Roger Federer is for tennis.

Speaking in an interview with TNT Sports Argentina, the former Barcelona man talked not just about Kroos but also branded Dani Carvajal as one of the best full-backs in Real Madrid’s history.

“Toni Kroos is the closest thing to Federer playing tennis. He can play football and go home without taking a shower,” he said.

About Carvajal, the former Barcelona attacking midfielder said, “Dani Carvajal is going to be one of the best full-backs in the history of Real Madrid.”

Lastly, the Argentina legend also had some words reserved for Jude Bellingham as well, who has made quite an impact at Real Madrid since his record arrival from Borussia Dortmund in the summer. 

“Jude Bellingham is very good,” said Riquelme.

Federer hung up his boots, but Kroos hasn’t

Toni Kroos will decide his own future. (Photo by Maja Hitij/Getty Images)

Kroos, who turned 34 last month, was not sure if he should continue playing for another year towards the end of the previous season. In all fairness, it is very rare in football for a player to decide if they should keep playing. 

In Kroos’ case, his decision is based on how well he performs and how he feels. If he feels he is not enjoying it or can not meet the demands of the club, he will not continue.

Kroos explained recently that his situation is different from Luka Modric’s because they have different views. Modric wants to stay in football, but Kroos sees things differently. Three years ago, he bravely left the German national team, saying he wanted to focus on his club and personal life.

Now, he is thinking about his future again, and he is doing it with strength and determination that shows his professionalism. Money is not his main motivation, and he is not trying to extend his career just for the sake of it. 

Whatever will be decided, will be decided by Kroos himself but of course, while aligning with the wishes of Real Madrid.

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‘Me and Zizou…’ – Toni Kroos teases iconic team-up for Real Madrid Legends team

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Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos has said that during a recent training session, he bumped into Raul, a former striker and current Castilla manager, who confessed to him that he did not like his decision to retire from the game.

The midfielder added that he would now be interested in playing the Legends match where the likes of Zinedine Zidane, Roberto Carlos and Raul participate. 

The veteran admitted that playing alongside these legends one day would be quite exciting.

“When I left the training yesterday, Raul was outside. He told me that he did not like the decision at first but found something positive because now I’m definitely playing this legends game with him,” said Kroos on his podcast

“He said I had to be there. Me and Zizou playing behind him, Figo on the right, and RC3 (Roberto Carlos) at the back. That could be funny,” he added.

Life after Toni Kroos

Toni Kroos would love to play with Zinedine Zidane. (Photo credit: GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images)

During the early hours of Tuesday, May 21, Kroos announced that he would retire from professional football after the upcoming European Championship in his home country.

As a result, Real Madrid now have to work on an alternate strategy to plan life beyond Kroos. As suggested before, the Los Blancos are of the idea that at present, there is no one in the market who can fill the void.

On the other hand, though, Dani Ceballos’ chances of staying have now increased. At the same time, there are reports that Joshua Kimmich is being monitored, but nothing seems concrete yet.

For now, Real Madrid are largely expected to rely on the current roster as the likes of Aurelien Tchouameni, Eduardo Camavinga, Federico Valverde and even Jude Bellingham are more than capable of occupying Kroos’ position.

If even that does not work out, the team from the Spanish capital can look into the youth system to rope in a capable alternative.

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