Real Madrid’s Luka Modric Gets Ovation From Fans As He Celebrates 38th Birthday

Real Madrid’s Luka Modric Gets Ovation From Fans As He Celebrates 38th Birthday

Ero Samson
updated at September 9, 2023 at 10:59 AM
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  • Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric turns 38 today
  • The 2018 Ballon d’Or winner is regarded as one of the finest midfielders of the modern game
  • Modric received a standing ovation as Croatia thrashed Latvia

Real Madrid’s Luka Modric remains one of the finest midfielders the world of football has ever witnessed.

The diminutive Croat, who has grown to become one of the integral pieces of Real Madrid and Croatia’s midfield, was at his brilliant best again in his nation’s 5-nil home win against Latvia in their recent Euro 2024 qualifying fixture.

Despite Modric not finding the back of the net or getting in on the assist, the 38-year-old, who featured for 61 minutes for Nico Kovac’s sides, stole the show when all fans present at the HNK Rijeka stadium gave the midfielder a rousing ovation, accompanied by jubilant ‘Happy birthday’ chants, marking his 38th birthday in style.

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Luka Modric received an ovation from fans in celebration of his birthday. Image: Alex Grimm.
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The Croatia captain, who broke the Ballon d’Or duopoly of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo in 2018, has etched his name in the hearts of countless fans wherever he plays. Supporters from all corners of the globe are consistently moved to applaud the mesmerizing displays of this midfield virtuoso.

According to a report by TalkSport, even Liverpool fans, despite witnessing their team’s 5-2 defeat, couldn’t help but be in awe of the display put on by the midfielder.

Modric, however, harbours the hope that he can maintain his exceptional form at the highest level for as long as he desires, as he recently revealed in his latest interview with Sportske Novosti, as reported by Madrid Universal.

Modric praise Jude Bellingham

In his recent interview, the iconic midfielder reported by the Spanish outlet also took time to speak on Real Madrid’s new signing, Jude Bellingham.

“Bellingham? I have to say Jude has pleasantly surprised me.
It was known he was talented, but when you see him up close, you only realize his potential.
He really is a top talent. He has sense of the game, he can achieve what he imagines, he also has that ‘personality’. He has all the prerequisites to achieve a great career.”

Modric will hope the La Liga giant, with the addition of the new midfielder, can improve on the successes experienced in recent years.

Modric sends message to Ramos

Sports Brief earlier reported on Modric sending a lovely message to Sergio Ramos, who is returning to Sevilla after leaving Paris Saint-Germain.

The pair shared a trophy-laden nine years at the Spanish capital, in which they built an important friendship. Modric said:

"Hello, brother, I just want to congratulate you on returning home because I know how much you wanted to return to Sevilla. I’m very happy for you, you deserve it."

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