Credit to Mo­dric …and Higuain

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Be­yond doubt, Cris­tiano Ron­aldo was the gleam­ing star of the show in Cardiff where Real Madrid so sur­pris­ingly and ma­jes­ti­cally took Ju­ven­tus apart in the Euro­pean Cham­pi­ons Cup Fi­nal. But the dis­play in mid­field of lit­tle Luka Mo­dric was not very far be­hind him.

Painfully fouled by Sami Khedira early on, Mo­dric shrugged off the dis­com­fort to dom­i­nate the mid­field with un­ex­pected fa­cil­ity. One Real at­tack af­ter an­other was shrewdly and sub­tly be­gun by the Croa­t­ian in­ter­na­tional. He set up one of their goals, and found him­self time and space to keep the at­tack mov­ing.

In a self-re­buk­ing in­ter­view on the eve of the Fi­nal, Ju­ven­tus’ Ar­gen­tinian in­ter­na­tional striker Gon­zalo Higuain dis­par­aged his own per­for­mance in the World Cup Fi­nal of 2014.

No men­tion, though, of the shock­ing foul he suf­fered when Ger­many keeper Manuel Neuer smashed into his head, yet stayed on the field. As, gal­lantly, did Higuain him­self.

Tal­ent...Real Madrid’s Luka Mo­dric

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