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Real Madrid veteran has already confirmed this will be his last World Cup

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Croatia’s hopes of securing a place in the final for yet another World Cup came to an end when they succumbed to a 3-0 defeat at the hands of Argentina.

Croatia’s veteran midfielder Luka Modric was vocal about the refereeing in the game but backed Argentina to do well in the tournament. In the post-match presser, he diverted a question on his retirement from international football as well.

While he may have dodged the question about his international future, Modric had already confirmed ahead of the tournament in Qatar that it will be his last World Cup.

“This will be my last World Cup and with all my heart, I want to play it in the best possible way”, Modric had told Sportske Novosti (h/t Madrid Xtra).

Modric has been one of the finest servants for his country over the past decade and a half. He has featured in 161 matches for the Croats, scoring 23 goals and notably helping his nation reach the final of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

During his career, the 37-year-old has featured in 18 World Cup matches and will feature in his 19th when Croatia take on Morocco in the third-place encounter.

Although Modric has confirmed he will not be featuring in World Cups anymore, it remains to be seen whether the midfielder opts to quit international football altogether.

Even at the age of 37, the former Tottenham Hotspur star still has what it takes to continue at the highest level of football. And with the Euro 2024 just around the corner, it will not come as a surprise to see him continue for a couple more years.

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Spain midfielder credits Real Madrid assistant manager for career success

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Spain’s European Championship campaign so far has been one filled with revelations. From young Lamine Yamal and Nico Williams on the wings to the ever-so-solid midfield, La Roja have impressed across the park and have taken the tournament by storm.

One such player who has played a critical role for the team despite not being in many pundits’ squad for the tournament is Fabian Ruiz. The PSG midfielder has been sensational for Luis de la Fuente’s men so far, scoring once and providing one assist in two games.

Despite not having any direct links with Real Madrid, the Spanish midfielder interestingly credits Davide Ancelotti for his success and AS brings the story.

A chapter in Naples

Fabian Ruiz may have never played for Los Blancos in his career so far, but he crossed paths with the Ancelottis in Naples a few years ago.

Ruiz signed for the Italian club from Real Betis in 2018 for a fee of €30 million. At the time, he was not known widely and was just seen as another routine Spanish midfielder aspiring to make it big.

As revealed by the player in a recent interview, however, it was Carlo Ancelotti’s son and Real Madrid assistant manager Davide Ancelotti who first saw the spark in him.

“Meeting him was a very important step in my career. From the beginning, he backed me, and it was not easy to pay what Napoli paid for me, a player who had not played much in La Liga with Betis.”

“If it weren’t for him, I wouldn’t be here. I have a very good relationship and friendship with him,” he added.

Fabian Ruiz credits Davide Ancelotti for his success. (Photo by GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images)

A special eye

Ruiz’s comments on Davide Ancelotti only make it clearer as to why Carlo Ancelotti holds his son’s advice in high regard. It is, after all, a testament to the tactician’s keen eye for special talent.

As revealed earlier this year, it was the manager’s son who suggested Joselu’s substitution against Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League semifinals when the team was on the brink of elimination.

What happened next was history as the veteran scored twice within minutes to turn the game around and send the Bavarians crashing out.

Davide has been rumoured to be interested in walking his own path soon as a specialist coach, but as it stands, will continue working under his father for at least one more year at Real Madrid.

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