Real Madrid veteran ‘one of the five best players in the world’, claims Italy legend

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It has not been the best of starts to the 2023/24 campaign for Luka Modric at Real Madrid.

An undisputed starter in the team for almost the entirety of his time at the club, the Croatian international has fallen down the pecking order this season.

Indeed, minutes have been hard to come by for Modric in the ongoing campaign, with Carlo Ancelotti preferring the likes of Federico Valverde, Eduardo Camavinga, Aurelien Tchouameni, and Jude Bellingham ahead of the veteran 38-year-old.

Modric still one of the best, says Francesco Totti

Despite his age, Modric has shown he can make vital contributions to the team when on the pitch.

And, former AS Roma and Italy footballer Francesco Totti has claimed that despite his reduced role Modric remains one of the top five footballers in the world currently.

During an interview with MARCA, the Italy legend said: “For me he is still one of the five best players in the world, even now at the age of 38, at least in midfield.”

“He has a vision of the game that few others in the world have and he always decides a second or two before the rest,” Totti added.

Totti talks love for Real Madrid

Earlier this year, Totti had claimed that he considers Real Madrid his ‘second home’ even though he never played for any other club apart from AS Roma.

Explaining his comments, the former Italian international said: “I’ve always liked Real Madrid, ever since I was a kid. When I was a kid in Rome I watched all their matches.

“Madrid at that time was the club that inspired me, with all their great players. Watching them play was a great emotion for me.”

Totti considers Real Madrid as his second home. (Photo by Simone Arveda/Getty Images)

On what stood out for him about Real Madrid, Totti added: “Everything, the fact of being the most winning club in the world, the public, the Santiago Bernabeu, the sum of everything fascinated me.

“With Roma, I spent 25 years playing in different stadiums but the Bernabeu was, and is, different for me. It is a different atmosphere.”

Totti also went on to name a slew of Real Madrid legends as players who admired and was fascinated by.

“There were many, starting with Hugo Sánchez up to the generation of Hierro, Roberto Carlos, Salgado? I would be here all day reciting names without forgetting Ronaldo ‘El Fenómeno’, who I admired as much as Baggio, Del Piero, Zidane, Raúl, Morientes,” he said.

Totti also reserved praise for Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti, saying: “We are talking about one of the best in the world, who has won in Italy, Germany, France and Spain. And as a person, he is a gentleman. He is perfect.

“Carlo and I have a great relationship. He’s a real person, who transmits good vibes. And the other day he gave me the pleasure to visit the Ciudad Deportiva of Real Madrid.”

Totti also shared a tidbit about his chats with Real Madrid president Florentino Perez, saying: “Yes, I’ve met him a couple of times and he told me that the only blemish in his career is not having been able to sign me at Real Madrid, that was his only flaw

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