Luka Modric Settles Euros vs World Cup Debate, Disagrees With Kylian Mbappe With Brilliant Answer

Luka Modric Settles Euros vs World Cup Debate, Disagrees With Kylian Mbappe With Brilliant Answer

Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe
June 14, 2024 at 5:55 PM
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  • Veteran midfielder Luka Modric appears to disagree with Kylian Mbappe's take on the Euros vs World Cup debate
  • Modric is 38, still performing for Real Madrid and will be expected to provide the X Factor for Croatia at the 2024 Euros
  • He will be eyeing his long-desired international title in Germany in what could be a swansong for the midfield maestro

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Croatia midfield general, Luka Modric, has shared his thoughts on the ongoing debate over which tournament is more challenging, the Euros or the FIFA World Cup, seemingly disagreeing with Kylian Mbappe.

Modric will be expected to leverage his vast experience as Croatia aims to win the Euros for the first time this summer.

However, his side faces the tough task of negotiating past what many have described as the 'Group of Death' at this year's competition.

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Luka Modric appeared to disagree with Kylian Mbappe's claims that the Euros is 'more complicated' than the World Cup. Photos by Carlos Rodrigues, Alexander Hassenstein - UEFA and NurPhoto.
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Having led the Vatreni to second and third-place finishes at the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, respectively, the majestic midfielder's nation has been paired alongside Spain, Italy and Albania in Group B, per Givemesport.

A veteran of every major tournament his nation has qualified for since the 2006 global Mundial, Modric is well-placed to contribute to the Euros versus World Cup discussion.

The debate, originally ignited by his new Real Madrid teammate Kylian Mbappe, has elicited varied reactions from footballers and analysts alike.

Modric 'settles' Euros vs World Cup debate

The veteran midfielder disagreed with Mbappe's claim that the Euros are 'more difficult' than the World Cup.

He emphasised that the FIFA-organised competition brings together the best teams from around the world, arguing that its diverse competition makes it a more challenging tournament than the Euros.

"Though I don't like to compare, I believe the World Cup is tougher than the Euros," the Real Madrid No.10 said, as quoted by The European Lad.
He continued: "This is the only tournament that brings the best countries all over the world together."

Messi reacts to Euros vs World Cup debate

Like Luka Modric, Argentina's captain, Lionel Messi, has reacted to the ongoing debate about which tournament is more challenging to win: the Euros or the World Cup, as reported by Sports Brief.

Messi also disputed Mbappe's view by pointing out that the European Championship doesn't feature elite teams from other continents.

Acknowledging the importance of the Euros, the 2022 World Cup winner emphasised that South American giants like Brazil, Argentina, and Uruguay could significantly influence the competition if they played in Europe.

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Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe is a Ligue 1, Bundesliga, and La Liga editor with five-year experience. He previously worked with Sports Corna and 360SportsGH.