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Man United midfielder hails Real Madrid duo as the best midfielders he has played the with

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Real Madrid have a long history of housing the world’s best players. Glittering among the club’s evergreen gold, however, is a certain trio that led the team to back-to-back UEFA Champions League titles.

The combination of Luka Modric, Toni Kroos and Casemiro will go down in history as one of the greatest midfield trios of all time.

Their era ended when the Brazilian opted to leave Real Madrid for Manchester United two years ago, although Los Blancos soon found able reinforcements to carry forward the legacy of the defensive midfielder.

Casemiro has his say

Speaking to the media in a recent interview (h/t The Madrid Zone), Manchester United star Casemiro was asked who the best midfielders he has played are.

“Best midfielder I’ve played with? Toni Kroos & Luka Modrić,” he said without a second thought, picking from the list of greats he has shared the field with.

While Casemiro made a strong start to life in England, injuries have hampered his participation this season. He only has eight league appearances to his name in 2023-24 with one goal to his name.

The two legends in Madrid

Kroos and Modric, meanwhile, have stayed put at Real Madrid despite the influx of young talents and continue to weave their magic when given the opportunity.

The Croatian star is seen to be in his final year at the club, with parties in Saudi Arabia and the United States interested in his transfer.

Kroos, meanwhile, has a more uncertain future with both a renewal and an exit talked about with equal weight.

In either case, Los Blancos are nearing the end of an era, and a special one in that. The only silver lining is that the upcoming generation appears worthy of taking over the mantle.

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Real Madrid superstar reveals how advice from Brazil legend helped him improve

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Even with all the excitement around Kylian Mbappe, it is Vinicius Junior, who continues to be Real Madrid’s biggest star.

In the past few years, the Brazilian has witnessed substantial growth, notably establishing himself as one of the best players in world football.

Vinicius’ rapid rise to prominence has been backed by numbers as well, with the forward racking up 82 goals and 75 assists in 262 competitive matches for Real Madrid.

Vinicius on receiving advice from Ronaldo

In a recent media interaction, Vinicius Junior, when talking about his success at Real Madrid, revealed that the forward constantly receives advice from his compatriot and former Real Madrid legend Ronaldo.

Vinicius particularly pointed out Ronaldo’s advice in 1v1 situations and how it has helped him improve in such scenarios.

“Ronaldo always calls me and gives me advice, he teaches me so many things. Since he told me that his favourite thing is a 1v1 vs a GK, I thought about it a lot and started working on it really hard,” Vinicius said (h/t Madrid Zone).

Ronaldo regularly speaks with Vinicius. (Photo by ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP via Getty Images)

“Now, every time I’m in a 1v1 with a GK, I’m the calmest guy in the world. Ever since that conversation with Ronaldo, I stopped being afraid of making mistakes in a 1v1,” the forward added.

Vinicius has indeed witnessed an improvement in his 1v1 play in recent years, which has been reflected in his higher goalscoring numbers.

This season, the forward has netted 23 goals in all competitions while racking up 11 assists. His goalscoring prowess, coupled with his ability in 1v1 situations could prove to be critical as Real Madrid take on Borussia Dortmund in the UEFA Champions League final next month.

The Brazilian international, though, will be up against a challenging defensive duo of Mats Hummels and Nico Schlotterbeck, who have been able to keep the opposition attacks quiet this season.

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