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Real Madrid Quartet Etch Their Names In Champions League History As Modric’s Extension Talks Continues

Written by Olaleye Oluwadamilola

Nacho, Luka Modrić, Toni Kroos, and Dani Carvajal have cemented their legendary status in world football by lifting their sixth European Cup with Real Madrid. Their victory in London, dubbed “La Decimoquinta” (The Fifteenth), ties them with the all-time record held by the legendary Paco Gento.

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These four players now comprise an exclusive group of five to have achieved this feat, all proudly wearing the white of Real Madrid.

Kroos holds a slightly unique record among the four. While he shares six Champions League titles with his teammates, one came with Bayern Munich at Wembley in 2013. The rest of his victories were achieved alongside Nacho, Modrić, and Carvajal at Real Madrid.


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Their journey began in the 2013/14 season, where Nacho, Modrić, and Carvajal clinched their first European trophy in the Lisbon final. With Kroos joining the squad, they secured their second Champions League win in Milan (2016).

This marked the beginning of a remarkable era, with the quartet adding three consecutive Champions League triumphs in Cardiff (2017), Kyiv (2018), and Paris (2022).

Paco Gento paved the way for this exclusive club. He stood alone for 58 years with his record of six European Cups, having been part of Real Madrid’s historic five consecutive continental titles from 1956 to 1960. He even etched his name further in club lore by scoring in the 1957 and 1958 finals. Now, Nacho, Modrić, Kroos, and Carvajal join him in this prestigious pantheon of champions.

Meanwhile…

Sevilla legend Sergio Ramos appears on the verge of leaving the club again, 19 years after his first departure. Back in 2005, he joined Real Madrid. This time, however, his sights are set across the Atlantic.

Sevilla would like Ramos to stay for another season, offering him a €4 million contract. However, according to El Sevillista, San Diego FC, a new Major League Soccer team starting in 2025, has countered with a tempting €12 million deal to make Ramos their inaugural star signing.

The lure of a lucrative final contract seems to be swaying Ramos. With Sevilla’s financial limitations, a significant raise is unlikely. This makes a move to the MLS, or even Saudi Arabia, a more probable outcome.

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Luka Modric is set to stay at Real Madrid for at least another season, despite Toni Kroos’ possible departure following their Champions League win. The 38-year-old midfielder has been a regular substitute this season but remains committed to the club.

According to Fabrizio Romano, Modric is finalizing a one-year contract extension with Real Madrid president Florentino Perez in the coming week.

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