La Liga 2016/17: Gareth Bale names Luka Modric as the most hard-working player in training
There was once a time when Gareth Bale named Cristiano Ronaldo for basically everything. During his time at Tottenham Hotspur, a fan once took to Twitter to ask him his opinion on who the best player in the world was. And he, like we all know, said Cristiano Ronaldo.
However, now, when asked about who is the hardest working player at Real Madrid’s training session, he didn’t name the Portuguese. “For me, Luka Modric,” Bale told talkSPORT.
“He’s the best trainer. He always seems to always be consistent and seeing passes that no one else sees,” the Welshman went on to add.
The reason he gave for his choice is simple: he has been with him for a long time, bonding from during their stay in London, and the affection they share for each other is blatantly apparent.
“Obviously being with him at Tottenham and here at Real Madrid, I’ve been able to witness it many times,” Bale said.
The duo have been team-mates for 7 years, four of which were spent at White Hart Lane and three of which is ongoing at Real Madrid. While Luka Modric joined Spurs a year after the Welshman, he left the club a year earlier.
Gareth Bale soon followed, though, as he became the most expensive purchase in the history of football when Real Madrid signed him in 2013.
It seems as though lady luck has smiled on the Galacticos ever since the two joined them. The Madridistas were waiting for decades to see their beloved club lift the unprecedented La Decima and it was only when Gareth Bale and Luka Modric appeared in the capital city did this happen.
Indeed, Real Madrid won their 11th Champions League title last summer and have a shot at defending it and Gareth Bale will have extra motivation since the final is going to be held in Cardiff.
However, the only thing that they lack in their thus-far illustrious Real Madrid career is a La Liga title. They came close to winning it in 2014, but a late-season mini-implosion meant that Atletico Madrid went on to lift the trophy under Diego Simeone.
Gareth Bale has represented the Merengues in 132 games, scoring 61 goals in the process while Luka Modric has donned the White shirt in 180 games, scoring 11 goals and making an uncountable number of attacks while at it.
The Croat is currently out injured and Real Madrid fans will be hoping that he will be back as soon as possible; after all, their title hopes hold a lot of weight on his shoulders.