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Tottenham winger says they want to win the World Cup for Modric

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Both Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo will go down as two of the greatest footballers to have ever lived. Yet, the one common empty space on both their trophy racks is that of the FIFA World Cup.

Heading into the 2022 edition in Qatar, it was well known that it would be the final chance for both legends to lay their hands on the coveted silverware. Ronaldo’s dream ended when Morocco scripted a historic win over Portugal last week, but Messi is still alive in the hunt. To get to the final, however, he will first have to get past Luka Modric’s Croatia.

Ahead of the anticipated semifinal, Croatian winger Ivan Perisic spoke about facing Lionel Messi and the Argentine’s dream of winning the World Cup. Yet, the Tottenham player reminded the world that Luka Modric was also in his final edition of the tournament and that the Croatian team was committed to bringing the trophy home for him.

“Cristiano couldn’t win it. Messi is trying with Argentina. We will give our everything to win the World Cup for Modrić,” Perisic said (h/t MadridXtra).

Croatia have unbelievably made it to the semifinals of the prestigious competition for the second successive time and will look to equal their run from 2018 with a win over Argentina on Tuesday.

They could stand to face France once again in the final in what would be a repetition of the final in Russia four years ago.

Modric has played every minute of his national team’s campaign so far but is yet to directly contribute to a goal. He has averaged close to 95 touches and a key pass per game and is quite clearly the epicentre of his side’s buildup play.

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Real Madrid face Premier League, Saudi Arabia competition for free transfer target

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Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images

Real Madrid are set to welcome two new stars this summer, Kylian Mbappe and Endrick, but the Merengues are keen on further bolstering their squad.

Owing to the embarrassment of riches Real Madrid possess in midfield, replacing Toni Kroos with a new signing in midfield is not seen as an immediate priority.

Nonetheless, interesting opportunities will invariably be evaluated closely and it appears the name of Adrien Rabiot has entered the club’s crosshairs.

Real Madrid not the only ones interested

But, according to Gazzetta dello Sport, Real Madrid face stiff competition from Premier League clubs and Saudi Arabian teams in their pursuit of midfielder Adrien Rabiot.

The French midfielder is set to become a free agent if he chooses not to renew his contract with Juventus, a decision that seems increasingly likely.

Rabiot set to become a free agent this summer. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

Known for his technical prowess and versatility, Rabiot excels at playing multiple roles in midfield and notably thriving as a goal threat with late runs inside the opposition box that tend to catch opponents off guard.

While Real Madrid have no shortage of quality in midfield, Dani Ceballos’ exit could pave the way for the 29-year-old to secure a signing for Los Blancos.

However, Real Madrid would have to outmanoeuvre both the financial prowess of Saudi Arabian teams and the competitive allure of Premier League clubs to secure Rabiot’s signature.

On top of that, Juventus are also not giving up on their efforts to try and renew the contract of the French international.

In any case, Rabiot is unlikely to be a priority target for the club but they will be sure to keep a close eye on how his situation develops.

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