Real Madrid An outstanding three years
The No.10 shirt at Real Madrid has experienced mixed fortunes this century.
Everything started well with Luis Figo, but the years after his departure were fairly bleak, as Robinho, Wesley Sneijder and Lassana Diarra all failed to make much of an impact in the jersey.
Robinho seemed like the new Pele after arriving at Los Blancos but was eventually sold to Manchester City for 42 million euros.
As for Sneijder, he had an impressive first year in LaLiga but failed to back that up in his second season and was sold for 16 million euros to Inter.
After the Dutchman’s departure, Diarra took on the No.10 shirt but was at Real Madrid for just one year before leaving for Anzhi Makhachkala.
It was Mesut Ozil’s turn next and, although he enjoyed relative success at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, his time in the Spanish capital was short lived.
James Rodriguez inherited the No.10 upon arriving at Real Madrid in 2014, but his career at the club also peaked too soon.
When the Colombian was loaned out to Bayern Munich in the summer of 2017,Luka Modric took on the responsibility of wearing Real Madrid’s No.10, swapping from No.19.
It was with that No.10 on his back that the Croatian won the third of Los Blancos’ Champions League trinity under Zinedine Zidane.
His performances for his club and country saw him lift the Ballon d’Or in 2018, although Real Madrid were disappointing during the 2018/19 campaign.
Last season, everything changed, with Zidane at the helm again, Modric was imperative to Los Blancos winning the Supercopa de Espana and LaLiga Santander.
At the start of this term, the former Tottenham midfielder is showing that, even at the age of 35, he’s still at the top of his game.
In fact, last season was Modric’s best in goalscoring terms during his Real Madrid career, with a high of five in all competitions.