7 current Real Madrid players who are club legends

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Real Madrid, Toni Kroos
Real Madrid, Toni Kroos (Photo by Cristian Trujillo/Quality Sport Images/Getty Images) /

Toni Kroos

Here is the man who has mastered the art of passing, whose vision is sharper than an eagle pouncing on prey. When you win your first trophy for Real Madrid in your debut game, you should know that you’re the chosen one, destined for success. I am, of course, talking about Toni Kroos, Florentino Perez’s transfer of the century. Kroos was signed in 2014 under the current boss, Carlo Ancelotti. He made his debut in the UEFA Super Cup final against Sevilla in 2014 and won his first Real Madrid trophy on his debut. Later that same year, Kroos was instrumental in a 22-game unbeaten run.

Toni Kroos fit Real Madrid like a glove. He quickly became a regular starter and his role in the European three-peat under Zinedine Zidane remained instrumental. Over the years, Toni Kroos has shown what he is capable of. His passing range, playmaking, and ferocious long shots have all played a part in Real Madrid’s European dominance. He made the best midfield trio in the history of Real Madrid together with Luka Modric and Carlos Casemiro. And, that partnership, as we all know is still going pretty strong.

Toni Kroos has also delivered us moments of magic. His goal Olympico against Valencia in the 2019-20 Super cup semifinal is one such that will live on forever in our minds. His perfectly hit long shots are of course undeniable highlights. He scored one special left-footed goal from outside the box this season in the Champions League against Inter Milan in the Bernabeu. His pass for Vinicius Jr. to open the scoring against Liverpool in last season’s Champions League quarterfinal is another highlight that would live rent-free in our minds.

That is Toni Kroos for you, he’d do the extra-ordinary things ordinarily. He’d make the game of football look ridiculously easy. He’d stay silent and do all the dirty work for his side. And, when the game ends, he’d rattle the analysts’ minds with his statistical record in every game. What might be seen as an ordinary, decent performance becomes a massive performance when his game stats are tallied. It is this low-lying nature of Kroos that makes him one of the most likable superstars of the game.

With Real Madrid, Kroos has won 16 major titles. It includes four FIFA Club World Cups, three Champions League, three LaLiga titles, three Spanish Super Cups, and three UEFA Super Cups. Hopefully, he will add another Champions League title on May 28. And, hopefully, he does end his extraordinary career in the White Shirt as he dreams. He is an undisputed legend and deserves the best of all send-offs.