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Luka Modric will be 37 years of age in September but he's still out here dropping absolute masterclasses on the biggest stage.
On Tuesday night, the Croatian conjured up a sublime all-round midfield display in a crazy Champions League quarter final second leg clash against Chelsea at the Santiago Bernabeu.
3-1 down from the first leg, Chelsea were on course to do the unthinkable courtesy of goals from Mason Mount, Antonio Rudiger and Timo Werner.
But then Modric produced the moment of the game. Mere minutes after Werner's so goal, he delivered the most outrageous outside of the boot assist for substitute Rodrygo Goes to level the tie.
It was complete and utter filth from the former Spurs midfielder. The technique and execution was well and truly special.
And then in extra time, talisman Karim Benzema made sure he his name was in the headlines when he headed home past Edouard Mendy to send Los Blancos into the semi-finals.
But while Benzema might end up with the plaudits for coming up clutch again, don't sleep on Modric's insane performance at the age of 36.
He played out of his skin for 120 minutes. Both Toni Kroos and Casemiro ended up being taken off but the uber experienced Modric was kept on by Carlo Ancelotti.
Giving up is not an option.— Luka Modrić (@lukamodric10) April 12, 2022
Not only was he typically tidy in possession and under pressure in the middle of the park but he also made some crucial tackles and interceptions and had bundles of energy.
The 2018 Ballon d'Or winner deservedly claimed UEFA's Player of the Match. It was a complete outing from one of the very best midfielders of this generation.
Reflecting on the game to BT Sport, Modric said: “Unbelievable to describe this game. We were dead until the goal we scored.
“Chelsea scored three goals, maybe the first a bit lucky from a deflection. I can’t say we played badly. They used their chances well and scored the goals.
“We didn’t give up. We kept believing, fighting and in the end showed huge character.
“It was another incredible night, what a sweet tasting loss. We didn’t give up until the end.
“Despite going 0-3, I don’t think we played a bad game. Another night of suffering, but the important thing is that we have qualified.”
Modric's contract with Real is due to expire in two months but they'd be be foolish to not tie him down for another season.
The latest reports state Real are confident of coming to an agreement with their No.10.
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