The Only Way Luka Modric Could Stop Lionel Messi In Wednesday's Clasico
Even Lionel Messi would admit that he didn't have his greatest game in a Barcelona shirt on Wednesday night.
The five-time Ballon d'Or winner didn't get himself on the scoresheet, and didn't record an assist in an unusually quiet affair.
But he still helped his team to an emphatic 3-0 win over Real Madrid at the Bernabeu.
Barca, who are nine points ahead of Los Blancos in the league, are now in their sixth consecutive Copa del Rey final thanks to a brace from Luis Suarez and an own goal from Raphael Varane.
Messi fouled by Modric, FK 40 yards out- SPORT English (@Sport_EN) February 27, 2019
In a picture that sums up the tie, Modric almost rips Messi's shirt off in the second half, throwing him to the ground and giving away a needless free-kick from 40 yards out.
As you can imagine, this snap was quickly made in a meme on social media.
"Even Modric knows a Lionel Messi jersey is more precious than the Ballon D'or." said one Twitter user, while another commented: "Modric trying to get 5 Ballon D'or's"
Luka Modric holding the Ballon'dor. pic.twitter.com/yp4uy9EXbP- :crown: (@Calmeharry) February 27, 2019
Take it away, Twitter:
The closest Modric has ever been to the best pic.twitter.com/RNEzCCrRsh- :goat:onso (@GOATonso) February 27, 2019
Modric trying to stop the :goat: pic.twitter.com/uEX0PJ9mHy- BarçaTimes (@BarcaTimes) February 27, 2019
Even Luka Modric knows a Lionel Messi jersey is more precious than the Ballon D'or. pic.twitter.com/BIXDKM26dN- Ugbedeojo #MUFC (@Certifiedopeboi) February 27, 2019
Modric trying to get 5 Ballon D'Ors :joy::joy: it can only be MESSI pic.twitter.com/78v4txOHPf- EmmaCraft (@emmanuel_nzube) February 27, 2019
After the match Modric ♂️ pic.twitter.com/naTj2BVXeg- MessiTheGOAT (@InspiredByMessi) February 27, 2019
Modric has to face Messi again on Saturday :joy: pic.twitter.com/EeZiqCyHmS- Messi Stats (@MessiStatsNet) February 27, 2019
Of course, Modric officially ended Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi's dominance of individual awards after scooping the Ballon d'Or award for 2018.
He was integral to Real Madrid winning their third Champions League in a row under Zinedine Zidane, and then followed that up by captaining Croatia to the World Cup final for the first time in their history.
He deservedly picked up the Golden Ball for the tournament thanks to his incredible displays in the middle of the park.
But many were still convinced that Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo should have won the award.
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