For the first time in a long time, he won the game and not the numbers.
Luka Modric is the representation that the quantitative, sometimes, can be superimposed on anything. And while that happens, we still have hope.
The prize for the game in the past Golden Ball caused a stir, as expected. A stupid society lacking in analysis will always emit a public opinion with a high degree of ignorance.
Griezmann, Messi, Cristiano, Mbappé … It will always be like that. Always the ‘fair’ winner will be the one who did not win. The current is against, it does not matter anymore.
Luckily, the Croatian showed his face for a school that had long been awarded: the brains.
We all remember Xavi and Iniesta, we also remember that both made more than enough merits to take the prize.
Even Wesley Sneijder deserved it in 2010 …
The Argentine and Portuguese hegemony clearly pointed to the numbers, even though there were seasons where, truthfully, there was none better than them.
The only difference was that this campaign they were not the best and did not receive the prize.
Let’s say that justice is something new in FIFA.
Modric is a unique player in the entire world soccer scene. As unique as differential. He is one of the few who can play as a hook, position himself as a mixed flyer and fold like a classic pivot.
Yes, he is an all-around player.
He was the one who made play a historic Real Madrid. The brain of the king.
He was the captain of a selection runner-up in the World Cup, even when everything was against them.
Clearly, the titles were not awarded, which is perfect. For that, they are the individual recognitions that they grant after playing the final.
The individual figure, the performance in his team, the context where it was developed and the importance of his presence should be the criteria that govern this trophy.
And boy was it like that this time.