Luka Modric: Ex Leeds Boss Marcelo Bielsa Explains Why Real Madrid Star Is a Special Player

Luka Modric: Ex Leeds Boss Marcelo Bielsa Explains Why Real Madrid Star Is a Special Player

Edwin Kiplagat
updated at December 5, 2023 at 9:06 AM
  • Marcelo Bielsa has disclosed the hardest player to find in football
  • He named that position 'the Modric' in honour of Real Madrid veteran Luka Modric
  • Modric is known to have the ability to play in deeper areas and in the final third

Luka Modric is one of the most elegant footballers in the world. The Real Madrid star has 20 years of experience at the top level and continues to inspire young midfielders all over the world.

Former Leeds United manager and current Uruguay boss Marcelo Bielsa has said the hardest player to find is the number 8, like Modric.

Luka Modric, Marcelo Bielsa, Real Madrid, Leeds United
Luka Modric would've been incredible under Marcelo Bielsa. Photos by Ernesto Ryan and Jose Breton/Pics Action/NurPhoto.
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That is one of the highest compliments from one of the best managers of all time. The Croatian has been the heartbeat of Real Madrid's midfield for the last 10 years.

The 38-year-old joined Madrid in 2012, and one can confidently say he's been one of their most important players in the last decade, alongside Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema.

Only Marcelo and Karim Benzema have won more trophies than Modric (23) in the club's history. He won the Ballon d'Or in 2018 for leading Croatia to the World Cup final, per Sky Sports.

Modric has been described as a versatile midfielder. He can sit deep and dictate play and can make decisive passes in the final third when needed.

He has all the qualities any manager would want in today's game, and you can see why he is still playing at the elite level.

Marcelo Bielsa on Modric

The veteran manager who also coached Athletic Bilbao in Spain recently called the number 8 position 'the Modric'. Bielsa has been coaching for decades, so he is the authority in this discourse.

"The hardest player to find in football is the 8. I named it 'the Modrić', who defends like a 6 and attacks like a 10. He has the ability to defend, the skills to attack and understanding the game in both directions," via Madrid Xtra.

This comment best describes Modric. Many top European teams have been trying for years to find a versatile player like Modric. Some have succeeded, while others have failed.

He has made 504 appearances for Real Madrid, scored 37 goals and provided 79 assists. He's also gotten one straight red card in his club career, per Transfermarkt.

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Modric unhappy with reduced role

Earlier, Sports Brief reported that Modric is not happy with his current role at the club. The Ballon d'Or winner signed a new deal this summer but has been pushed to the bench so far this season.

The Croatia international joined Madrid in 2012 and has won 23 trophies in 11 years at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium, cementing his status as one of the best players in Madrid history.

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Edwin Kiplagat has five years of experience in journalism working as a Sports Editor at Africa Insight Communications and ESPN. Edwin Kiplagat is a Bachelor's Degree holder in journalism from the Multimedia University of Kenya.