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Notes & Quotes: September 20, 2018

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Modric speaks about Ballon D’Or, Isco backs Modric while Casemiro sides with Ronaldo for Ballon D’Or, Mariano still wants his Spain call-up

Athletic Club v Real Madrid CF - La Liga Photo by Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images

Modric speaks about his Ballon D’Or chances

After the Champions League match with Roma Wednesday, Luka Modric was interviewed about Ballon D’Or chants from the Madrid faithful and his chances at this year’s trophy.

“I’m very happy when I hear the Bernabeu singing about the Ballon d’Or, and the praise from my team-mates and fans.”

“Of course I’d like to win it, but I am not obsessed or thinking about it every day. Individual awards are great if they come, if not, nothing changes.”

Modric put in another great effort against Roma, most notably with his glorious threaded pass to Bale that was put in for the second goal of the match. He continues to be one of the driving forces behind how well this team plays throughout the season.

Roma’s manager Eusebio Di Francesco also backed Modric to win the Ballon D’Or, recognizing how instrumental he has been. Luka also talked about the chemistry he, Casemiro, and Kroos have developed as a midfield unit.

Whether or not Luka wins the Ballon D’Or, he seems to be honored that he at least is in the finalist conversation. And he’s certainly earned both the nomination and the potential of winning it.

Isco backs Modric for Ballon D’Or, Casemiro favors someone else

Staying on the topic of the Ballon D’Or, Isco and Casemiro weighed in after the Roma match as well. First are Isco’s comments with Movistar:

“Modric gives us a lot every game.”

“He’s fundamental for us. hopefully we can all be at his level.”

”He deserves the Ballon d’Or, he’s a unique player.”

Isco has backed his current teammate to take home the glory of winning the ultimate individual award. Isco went on to speak about the result from the Roma match and how satisfied they are with it, though he believes they could’ve scored even more than 3.

In a separate post-match interview, Casemiro was asked the same question:

“Luka’s year has been spectacular.”

“But, in my opinion I would give it to Cristiano Ronaldo because he has been the best throughout last season.”

Clearly, Casemiro has a different pick for this year’s trophy. No doubt, both Ronaldo and Modric are the favorites to win the Ballon D’Or this year and both are absolutely deserving of it.

Mariano still wants his Spain call-up

About this time last week, Mariano was interviewed about the possibility of getting a national team call-up from Enrique and Spain. He was interviewed again about the opportunity after his goal against Roma.

“I would love a call from Luis Enrique, I hope I can be in the national team.”

“I’m very happy with the goal I scored, thanks to Marcelo’s pass and my team-mates.”

“I was eager but not in a hurry [to play]. I just wanted to work to get the opportunity from the coach.”

Mariano scored a brilliant goal in stoppage time, Real’s third and final goal of the match. He’s right in saying that it was a great effort and pass from Marcelo that gave Mariano the chance, but he finished that chance wonderfully.

He also spoke about the 7 shirt again and his respect for both the number and Ronaldo. Seems fitting, as Mariano’s finish had a Ronaldo flair to it, he certainly made the shirt number proud on Wednesday. And, if he can continue scoring goals like that consistently, a Spain call-up may not be far behind.