Real Madrid icon Luka Modric continues to defy the passage of time, with the Croatian still going strong and breaking barriers.
In Modric’s case, it can easily be deciphered that age is but a number when talent and dedication are the driving forces.
Indeed, as the midfield maestro celebrates his 38th birthday today, he is set to create history at the club he has spent more than a decade at.
Modric closing in on history
Now, as per AS, Modric sits at a table of elite footballers who did not let the erosion of time undermine their talents.
Ferenc Puskás, Paco Buyo, and Jerzy Dudek are the only three players who have played for Real Madrid after turning 38.
Next in line is Luka Modric, who is creeping up on the record and could very well establish himself as the oldest player to play for Los Blancos by the end of the campaign.
Puskas is currently in the custody of the record, having played for Real Madrid at the age of 38 years and 234 days.
Buyo is the second-oldest with 38 years and 63 days, while Dudek falls behind by merely four days.
Modric would overtake the records of Dudek and Buyo starting from matchdays 13 (Real Madrid-Valencia) and 14 (Cádiz-Real Madrid), respectively.
Puskas then stands as the final challenge. Modric would need to participate in one of the final five games of the ongoing La Liga campaign in order to break this record.
Modric not looking to slow down
Having turned 38 years old today, Modric has shown no signs of his drive dissolving.
Talking about his reduced role so far this season at Real Madrid in a recent interview, he remarked:
“Nobody is happy when they are out of the game. After all in my career, where I’m not sure I’ve ever been on the bench for three games in a row, I found that feeling especially strange. I certainly won’t sink or slump because of it.
“I also remain firmly convinced that I can still play as Real Madrid need me to.”
While it is clear Modric is in the final years of his career, he has claimed a desire to continue fighting at the top level.
“We don’t give up, although we are aware that the end of the story is near. That’s only natural,” he added.
Real Madrid very happy with future star Endrick, eagerly awaiting his arrival in 2024 – Romano
Real Madrid’s attacking unit has been crippled by the loss of Karim Benzema earlier in the summer, which was followed by the loss of Vinicius Jr due to injury.
Although Vinicius has returned, there is much left to be desired from the Madrid frontline as we progress through to the season.
Real Madrid, though, are waiting on the arrival of Endrick. The young Brazilian is set to join the Real Madrid squad in the summer of 2024 when he turns 18.
Real Madrid impressed by Endrick
Endrick has already started his preparation for his pending move to Santiago Bernabeu, having performed exceptionally well in his native Brazil this year.
The youngster is constantly working on his game, in order to further improve himself as an attacker. It has left Real Madrid quite happy and eager for his arrival, reports Fabrizio Romano.
The journalist claims that Real Madrid have been keeping close tabs on everything Endrick has been doing, on and off the pitch, at Palmeiras.
And they have received very good reports on the 17-year-old, with the club impressed by how he is putting efforts to improve himself both performance-wise and in other facets.
Despite there being some question marks over his performances, the teenage forward is starting to showcase his potential, having scored five goals in five starts for Palmeiras.
Endrick also learning new languages
Endrick is not only just working on his performance. In fact, the Brazilian is also learning other languages in order to quickly settle into life in Spain.
The youngster can speak Portuguese, but he may have to master Spanish during his time at Santiago Bernabeu.
As mentioned earlier, Endrick can already speak Portuguese, which should go a long way in helping him team up with fellow Brazilians Vinicius Jr and Rodrygo.
Even Eder Militao can speak Portuguese, which should make it easier for Endrick to adapt to life in Spain, at least for the next year or so.