Luka Modric joined Real Madrid in 2012. After a shaky first season at the club, Modric went on to become one of the best midfielders in the world.
After his arrival, Real Madrid won four Champions League trophies, with Modric playing a big part in all of them.
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And with the team playing as well as they did, one goal changed it all – the one of Ramos in the Champions League final against Atletico in 2014.
Luka Modric spoke to Club del Deportista, talking about the progress the team’s made since that goal.
“It’s difficult to make such judgements. I don’t know,” Modric started, according to Goal.
“It may be the case that this goal changed the history of European football.
“Real Madrid had already won a lot of trophies, but they hadn’t lifted the Champions League trophy for 12 years.
“This goal changed something, the mentality changed. From that moment we started to be very strong in Europe and teams were afraid of us again.
“That shows how important mentality is in football.
“People had spent 12 years talking about La Decima and it became a mental thing. [Jose] Mourinho went to three semi-finals and it was hard to overcome this mental barrier.
“When we reached the final and to win it with that goal, it still gives me goosebumps, we showed such strong character and never gave up.”
Asked about winning the Ballon d’Or after reaching the final of the World Cup last season, Modric reflected:
“That was a recognition of my entire career, but a very special year in particular,” Modric said of winning the award.
“I was lucky enough to win the Champions League again, which isn’t easy, and I also reached the World Cup final with a country like Croatia, which for us is something that words just can’t describe.
“I don’t like to talk about myself, but I think that, in the individual sense, I played a very good season and the footballing people have recognised that.
“It’s no coincidence when so many people vote for you.”