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Toni Kroos talks Ronaldo, Premier League, Florentino Perez, Super League

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It has been over eight years since Toni Kroos joined Real Madrid and safe to say that in that time, the German superstar has etched his name in the history of the club forever.

The 32-year-old has been a part of the team that has won four UEFA Champions League titles, along with three La Liga crowns and several other trophies during his time at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Along with Luka Modric and Casemiro, the former Germany international formed one of the best midfield trifectas that the game has ever seen.

On his move to Real Madrid

Looking back at his transfer to Real Madrid in 2014, Kroos revealed the thoughts that went through his mind at the time of the move, saying:

“It was the best decision for me, it was the best thing I could do. It was a big step in terms of sports and my private life, I was 24 years old and had a child.

“When you get to the biggest club in the world, you have to work right away. This means, in particular, that you have to organize everything and at the same time be fully present from day one on the field as if you have been there for ten years.”

Relationship with Florentino Perez

The 32-year-old midfield maestro also opened up on his relationship with club president Florentino Perez, as he said:

“I’m very close to him, he is a very kind-hearted person. Sometimes it can be a bit harmful, but sometimes he has to make tough decisions. From day one, he showed me how happy he was to come to his club, which is unusual for the size of the club.

“He has a lot of world-class players here, some coming and some going. And sometimes some of them are sold for a lot of money. I’ve been at Real Madrid for eight years and I’ve been feeling warm since day one.”

Kroos also explained that in his eight years at the club, he had never felt that Perez wanted to sell him even though he could have gotten a huge transfer fee for his services.

“I know in the eight years he didn’t think for a second to sell me again at some point, unless it was economically viable. I came in for only 25 million euros, surely I could have been sold again for more money but he didn’t,” he said.

European Super League

Talking about the conversations Perez had with him about the European Super League, he said:

“Precisely the plan that Perez followed, let me put it this way, ‘Never contradict your boss (laughs)’. I’m just like everyone else backstage and don’t know much. Obviously, the idea was and still is.”

“I see that the Super League is being worked on and it may take some time, but in my opinion in the end it will become a reality, but I cannot say when,” he added.

Thoughts on the Premier League

The midfielder gave his take on whether he considers the Premier League to be the best competition in European football, saying:

“You can’t say that because there are a lot of big teams, but it’s hard to say. The English Premier League did not win a European title this year. I think teams from Germany and Spain are keeping up.”

Explaining that financial benefits are not always what attracts players to a club, Kroos said:

“TV earnings have been the highest in England for years, yet English teams haven’t benefited and that’s a good sign that it also depends on what the training looks like, and what is the name of the club. Real Madrid and Barcelona are by no means small names.”

“Not every player looks at salary there, but also looks to win a lot and improve more,” he further added.

On Cristiano Ronaldo

Ronaldo and Kroos played together at Real Madrid (Photo by MATTHIAS HANGST/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

The talk then shifted to his former teammate and Real Madrid legend Cristiano Ronaldo, who is back in the Premier League with Manchester United. Kroos spoke highly of the Portugal captain, saying:

“I can tell that there was a lot of work that he put in to get here. You can see him playing football on the weekend, that he drives home with the Ferrari and is on the huge poster. What you don’t see: What he invests every day to stay that way, always to get better.”

Look at him, he is 37 years old. Not just how he looks, see how he plays, how fit he is, how much he invests every day of the week, whether on the training ground, at home or in his diet.

“He didn’t get here because his name is Cristiano Ronaldo, but because he’s investing an incredible amount to keep going,” Kroos further added.

On his international retirement in 2021

Kroos was part of the Germany squad that won the FIFA World Cup in 2014. The midfielder hung up his boots on the international stage in 2021 after accruing 106 caps for Die Mannschaft. Explaining his decision to do so, he said:

“When I think back to my first year after leaving the national team and how I was still at my best in the Champions League final, it felt the right time to make that decision.”

Player who have the potential to play for Real Madrid

When quizzed if there were any youngsters he believed have the potential to play for Real Madrid, Kroos picked two of his teammates in Fede Valverde and Eduardo Camavinga along with Bayer Leverkusen and Germany sensation Florian Wirtz.

“I like Florian Wirtz. We have Federico & Eduardo, who already play a really good role with us and are definitely players who will shape the next few decades.”

Source: OMR Podcast

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Inter Milan star claims he is the best playmaker in the world, ahead of Real Madrid superstar

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Hakan Calhanoglu raised many eyebrows in the summer of 2021 when he left AC Milan to join arch-rivals Inter Milan on a free transfer.

It was a move that surprised many, but more than two and a half years later, Calhanoglu’s acquisition has turned out to be a masterstroke from Inter Milan’s end.

During his time at Inter, the former HSV starlet has featured in 125 competitive matches, racking up 23 goals and 24 assists. He has eclipsed his AC Milan numbers, which is quite a feat to achieve.

Calhanoglu hails himself as the best playmaker

Hakan Calhanoglu’s performances have been particularly impressive in the ongoing campaign. The midfielder has been involved in 14 goals this term, including 11 goals.

In light of his performances, Calhanoglu has raised eyebrows by hailing himself as the best playmaker in the world, in a recent interview.

“I’m the best playmaker right now,” Calhanoglu said, shortly after Inter Milan’s narrow 1-0 victory over Atletico Madrid.

Calhanoglu ranks Toni Kroos as the ‘next best’ after him and Rodri

Calhanoglu claims Kroos is below him and Rodri. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)

The Turkish international went on to name a few more players who he thinks are the best playmakers after him.

Calhanoglu notably mentioned Real Madrid superstar Toni Kroos, stating (h/t DAZN), “After me Rodri, then Toni Kroos, Kimmich and Enzo Fernández.”

The Turk’s decision to add Kroos to his list is highly surprising as the German maestro has been quite important to the Real Madrid team this season.

Even at the of 34, Kroos has remained an integral part of the Real Madrid midfield. His experience and leadership have been crucial in guiding an otherwise young midfield unit.

Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for another veteran Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric.

The Croat is reportedly unhappy with his current role in the first team and is likely to leave Santiago Bernabeu at the end of the season.

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