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Real Madrid legend announces the 2022 World Cup will be his last

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At 37 years of age, Luka Modric is still ageing like fine wine. The veteran just cannot get older it seems and he continues to drop masterclasses game after game against even the toughest of oppositions.

Next month, the Croatian will captain his National Team in the FIFA World Cup as they try and better their sensational run to the final from last time around. Earlier today, the former Ballon d’Or winner made a big statement about his international future via an official FIFA World Cup documentary.

“I’m aware that I’m of a certain age, this World Cup is my last competition with the Croatia national team.”

While it was expected given Modric’s age, hearing the words directly from his mouth still sends chills down one’s spine. After all, the midfielder is not only a legend in his country but also in the world of football.

He retires from the Croatian National Team with an accomplishment that nobody would have dreamt of – leading his men to the final of the World Cup and within touching distance of the coveted silverware. Needless to say, his legacy will live on for generations to come.

While Modric has openly announced his international future, he has made no official statement about his future at Real Madrid.

As of now, the veteran is still a key part of Ancelotti’s plans and could sign a one-year contract extension at the end of the season based on his physical condition and prominence in the team.

This season, Madrid has played 10 La Liga games for Real Madrid, scoring two goals and providing two assists. Further, he also scored a goal in the team’s 3-0 win over Celtic in the UEFA Champions League.

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Lucas Vazquez talks following MVP performance vs Barcelona – ‘Speaks about our work’

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Of all players people would have expected to turn up for El Clasico today from Real Madrid, it was the backup right-back Lucaz Vazquez who delivered an absolute masterclass of a performance in their 3-2 win.

The Spaniard played Barcelona out of the park starting as the right-back, and ran circles around Joao Cancelo.

He won the penalty for the first goal, scored the equaliser in the 73rd minute, and then assisted Jude Bellingham’s winner in the 91st minute.

“Great night, like many others at the Santiago Bernabeu. We are very grateful to the fans, they created a spectacular atmosphere. We are where want to be, six points away from winning the league,” Vazquez said, as quoted by MARCA.

Coming off an exhausting 120 minutes vs Manchester City in the Champions League, not many would have expected the shift Madrid put in tonight, especially after trailing on two occasions.

“The team, despite the great effort in Manchester, showed their face again. We once again played a great game, and we did everything in our power to achieve this win that gives us the advantage in the league,” Vazquez commented on it.

Now 11 points clear off Barcelona, Madrid can almost sniff La Liga out, and according to Vazquez, it reflects their work well.

“I think this difference speaks well about our work. We had a very good season in La Liga, and we are on the right track.”

As for his own performance, the Spaniard was modest, and said, “I am very happy to be able to help the team. A lot of things went well today, and that is important for everyone”

He was asked two very important things, as well, including his possible inclusion in the 2024 European Championship, to which he replied, “I would love for Luis de la Fuente to call me up for the Euros.”

And more importantly, he also spoke about the controversial penalty incident, but claimed that it was 100% a penalty. “I cut back and his leg caught me. It was a penalty.”

Real Madrid have five days off now before they travel to the Basque county to take on Real Sociedad in the league before travelling to the Allianz Arena to face Bayern Munich in the Champions League semi-finals.

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