Real Madrid: World Cup 2022 may be Modric’s last hurrah with Croatia

Croatia, Luka Modric (Photo by Igor Soban/Pixsell/MB Media/Getty Images)
Croatia, Luka Modric (Photo by Igor Soban/Pixsell/MB Media/Getty Images) /

Luka Modric’s career has been nothing short of phenomenal. He has excelled on every front, from winning almost everything there is to win at club level, especially with Real Madrid, to reaching new heights at international level. And when you add individual success to it, you realise that he’s well and truly one of a kind and will go down as one of the greatest midfielders to ever play the game, once he hangs up his boots.

Well, according to reports from Marca, the Croatian midfielder is going to call the curtains on his international career soon.

The Real Madrid man will retire from international football after the 2022 World Cup, per source

Modric is, quite honestly, the greatest Croatian footballer to have ever graced the game. Even at the age of 35 (soon to be 36), Modric is still performing at the highest level for both club and country. He knows that even considering how freakishly athletic he is, time and age take a toll on everyone’s body and Luka Modric is no different. He’s human after all.

That would mean that Modric will get more rest during international breaks, and would be able to use that to be in top physical form for the business end of every season that he may play post-retirement.

Luka Modric’s contract with Real Madrid currently runs till June 30, 2022, and we may see one final renewal before his inevitable departure from the beautiful game of football. It’s best to savour this man’s footballing abilities at the moment, and enjoy what we’re seeing, because it will be gone soon.

Modric’s service to Croatia has been absolutely incredible. He has helped his national side get into the advanced stages of crucial international tournaments, and he’s always proved to be the best player on the pitch, for either team.

He famously won the Ballon d’Or in 2018 for his heroics in the 2018 World Cup in Russia, where Croatia, the dark horses of the World Cup, embarked on an incredible journey to the final, where they, unfortunately, fell short to France, losing 4-2.

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The World Cup in 2022 looks to be his final international tournament, and I’m sure Modric will give all he has. Croatia’s “golden generation” is nearing its end, and surely, one last hurrah won’t hurt anybody.