Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo is "the past, present and future" of Real Madrid, teammate Luka Modric said Monday.
"There are so many great players who have been active with Real Madrid. Look back and you find Di Stefano, Puskas. More recently Raul and Zidane, who is one of our coaches," the Croatian midfielder said on the Bwin Web site.
"Cristiano, who is the past, present and future of this team. Those are the players I most admire, but my idol as a child was Zvonimir Boban. He played more than 10 years in Milan and is one of the greatest players in the history of Croatia," Modric said.
Looking forward to Real Madrid's upcoming Champions League match against Juventus, he said the Italian club "is a great team and we respect them, but we're not afraid."
"Personally, I want to play the best I can and help my team win matches and all the possible trophies we can," Modric said of his aspirations for the season.
Asked what has been the greatest moment of his career, he said he couldn't narrow it down to one.
"There are several: my debut with the Croatia national team against Argentina; my signing with Real Madrid and my goal at Old Trafford," Modric said. "Despite everything, I hope the best moment of my career is still to come." EFE