Barcelona Icon Praises Real Madrid Veteran as One of the Best Midfielders Ever

Barcelona Icon Praises Real Madrid Veteran as One of the Best Midfielders Ever

Isaac Darko
updated at April 12, 2023 at 8:15 PM
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  • Andres Iniesta has lavished praises on Croatia international Luka Modric as one of the best footballers the world has ever seen
  • Luka Modric has won five Champions League titles and three Champions League titles since signing for Real Madrid 10 years ago
  • Andres Iniesta now plies his trade with Japanese club Vissel Kobe, after leaving his boyhood club Barcelona in 2018

Ex-Barcelona superstar Andres Iniesta has labelled Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric as one of the greatest players ever in football history.

Modric joined Los Blancos from Tottenham in 2012 and has cemented his legendary status at the Santiago Bernabeu following his scintillating displays.

The 37-year-old still remains a vital player under Carlo Ancelotti, winning the Champions League and LaLiga last season, even though he is in the twilight years of his illustrious career.

Andres Iniesta, Luka Modric, Real Madrid, Barcelona, Vissel Kobe
Andres Iniesta has hailed Real Madrid veteran Luka Modric as one of the best players ever. Credit: Madriduniversal
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In the current campaign, the Croatia captain has often received standing ovations from the spectators irrespective of which stadium he is playing at.

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This is similar to what happened with Iniesta during the final phase of his career.

The current Vissel Kobe star discussed the similarities between himself and Modric, via Madrid Universal.

“We are players with different profiles but at the same time similar in terms of position on the field, conception of the game, and handling the ball…
“He is one of the best midfielders there is and will ever be. He is a reference for his team and it is not easy to spend so many years at a club like Madrid making a difference.”

Iniesta thinking about Barcelona return

Meanwhile, Andres Iniesta has reiterated his desire to one day return to Barcelona in some official capacity when he finally retires from football, SB Nation reports.

Iniesta acknowledged he wouldn't mind coaching or serving as a sporting director in the future, after witnessing Xavi return to Barcelona as the team's coach.

The 38-year-old midfielder is still with Japanese side Vissel Kobe, but his contract expires in 2023.

Iniesta shares his depression struggles

Sports Brief earlier reported that Barcelona icon Andreas Iniesta wants everyone to realise that footballers are humans too, and they can have their struggles despite making mega money from the sport.

The 38-year-old midfielder, who currently plies his trade in Japan for Vissel Kobe, recently opened up on his struggles with depression and how he has been in therapy over his mental health issues.

According to Sport Bible, Iniesta revealed he lost the joy he had for life when he was battling with deep depression, as nothing felt 'alive' to him anymore.

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Isaac Darko is a La Liga, Ligue 1 and Bundesliga editor at Sports Brief with a Degree in Journalism and Communications from Ghana Institute of Journalism (2010)