Madrid: Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric has lamented the consecutive defeats conceded by his side over the past week. The 33-year-old Croatian vowed over his official Twitter account on Thursday that the club will bounce back after the losses it has suffered. “Most difficult week of my career. Success is not in never falling, but in rising every time you fall,” Modric posted. Heading into the 2018-19 season, Modric most likely did not expect everything to come to an end like this, reports Efe news.
He had just led his national team to the 2018 FIFA World Cup final in the summer which resulted – after a great effort on the Croatians’ part – in a loss against France. Despite losing the final 4-2, Modric’s dazzling World Cup performance was rewarded with the Golden Ball for the best player of the tournament and later in the year he collected another individual trophy – the 2018 Ballon d’Or. Modric, thus, became the first player to end the dominance of Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo – who joined Juventus in a surprising summer transfer from Real Madrid – and Argentina and Barcelona star Lionel Messi.
Before Modric won the Ballon d’Or, Messi and Ronaldo had been alternating control of the trophy since 2008. However, Madrid’s season has not shaped up to be what Modric and his teammates wanted. The club has been as low as ninth in La Liga after a 5-1 defeat by archrival Barcelona on October 28. Nonetheless, Madrid under the new leadership of Argentine coach Santiago Solari, began to win and by late February the team was in third place and playing well in the Champions League and the Spanish Cup.