Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric said he’s feeling like he’s 27, not 35, after helping the Blancos cruise into the Champions League quarter-finals on Tuesday.
Modric provided a key assist for Karim Benzema’s opener against Atalanta, as Madrid defeated the Serie A side 3-1 in the last-16 second leg to advance 4-1 on aggregate.
Head coach Zinedine Zidane also marvelled at Modric’s ageless performance, saying it was impossible to tell the midfielder is 35.
“Atalanta press a lot, all over the pitch, they don’t stop,” Modric told Movistar after the game. “Benzema’s goal came at the right time. It gave us the confidence to keep going.
“I’m 35 but I feel like I’m only 27. I feel great. You shouldn’t look at the age, it’s all about how we perform on the pitch, regardless of age. I’m still hungry for more, to continue playing at the highest level and I feel great.
“It’s so important that we’ve advanced to the quarter-finals. The group wants to keep winning, and we’ll see how far we go.”
“The double pivot of Modric and [Toni] Kroos was phenomenal tonight.
“Modric is 35 right? But on the pitch he doesn’t show that. He’s an exceptional player.”