- Aug 10, 2016
Throw in some Brazilian geezer born in 1946 for obvious hipster points I see. I have to ask; how many games have you seen him play? As he never played for a professional club and you most likely didn’t have live access to Brazilian football back in the 60’s or early 70’s, dare I say this is based on stuff you’ve read and perhaps a highlight reel of the 1970 World Cup on VHS? That’s 52 years ago, the level was atrocious and as implied above, I don’t think you’ve ever seen him play outside of a clip or two. Daft, always someone throwing in random names in a discussion about modern football to sound a bit superior. Boszik, really? He’s been dead for 50 years, no way on earth you can list a player that you have never seen and who played amateur football 70 years ago.I wouldn’t put Iniesta in the lists next to Xavi & Modrić, he was more comparable to someone like Zidane or Rivelino.
As far as creative central midfielders go Modrić is probably as good as anyone, Xavi aside. Better than Pirlo, Scholes, Kroos and the rest of his more or less contemporaries. Somewhere alongside Luis Suarez, Didi & Jozsef Bozsik.
If we’re talking about central midfielders in general, I’d take Xavi, Matthäus & Rijkaard ahead of him. The rest are arguable.
As for Modric, why don’t we just stop the ranking and put him on top together with other legends such as Xavi. They deserve to be saluted together.