Real Madrid’s Croatian international midfielder Luka Modric recently won the FIFA best footballer of the year award but there is nothing he or his teammates are able to do to aid their club from the on-going woeful start to the 2018-19 campaign. Also Read - Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi? Bhuvneshwar Kumar Picks His Favourite

Last season, then- Zinedine Zidane led Real Madrid won their third consecutive champions league title in a row to script history, but the departure of the coach and Los Blancos all-time top scorer has left the club in a situation that can best be described as the crisis with cognizance to the Real Madrid standards. Also Read - La Liga: Barcelona Title Hopes Take a Hit After 2-2 Draw With Celta Vigo

The departure of both Ronaldo and Zidane took the footballing world by storm and according to Luka Modric, nobody at the club saw the move coming from either of them. Also Read - Serie A: Cristiano Ronaldo, Paulo Dybala on Target as Juventus Thrash Lecce 4-0

“I wasn’t expecting either of the two to go; I didn’t think Zidane would leave and the same with Ronaldo,” said Modric in an interview with the latest edition of the magazine ‘France Football.’

“In fact when the rumours about Cristiano appeared, we (Real Madrid players) had betted among ourselves and we were certain he would stay, but everyone makes their own decisions,” he added.

The 33-year-old midfielder was also asked which former players he would have most preferred to start alongside and said his first choice was former Croatian international Zvonimir Boban; “he was my hero in the Croatian team,” he said, before naming his former head coach Zidane as his second choice.

“I was lucky to have him as a coach and we have lived some incredible moments with him at Real Madrid, sometimes he’d play alongside us and it was incredible to see how elegant he was and how he moved over the pitch,” said Modric.

The ‘FIFA Best footballer of the year’ title winner also expressed that he does not appreciate too much media attention as opposed to Cristiano Ronaldo. “I prefer simplicity,” he said.

(Quotes Source: EFE)