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Lionel Messi identifies Ballon d’Or winner to join him at Inter Miami

Lionel Messi believes that Inter Miami should add to its ever growing list superstars by signing Real Madrid icon Luka Modric in the next transfer window.

The Argentine is keen to see another Ballon d’Or winner join the ranks, with Modric having lifted the prestigious golden ball back in 2018. The Croatian won the award after a stellar season in which he helped guide his national side to the 2018 World Cup final, eventually losing to France in a 4-2 defeat.

The midfielder became the first player since Brazilian icon Kaka to claim the trophy following a decade of dominance between Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, who both had five wins apiece. Now former Real Madrid forward Pedja Mijatovic has claimed Messi is personally pushing for Modric to join him at Inter Miami.

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The 54-year-old believes that Modric would be well suited to the league and claimed he has already spoken to the team’s co-owner David Beckham in an interview with Cadena SER.

“He has received offers from the United States, from many teams and from this one in particular,” he revealed. “He already had the one in Saudi Arabia but he wanted to stay in Madrid.

“Messi himself has personally been interested in the possibility. In Croatia, a few days ago, Modric met Beckham, where they were eating.”


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The rumoured transfer will come as little surprise to fans with Modric having slowly fallen down the pecking order at Real Madrid. The 38-year-old has only earned 287 minutes of gametime so far this season.

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Manager Carlo Ancelotti has instead opted to use the likes of Aurélien Tchouaméni, Federico Valverde, Toni Kroos and Jude Bellingham instead. Modric’s main role appears to be as an impact substitute with the Croatian even being left as an unused substitute in the team’s last two LaLiga games.

Despite the recent lack of action, Modric has enjoyed 13 years of success in Madrid following his £30 million transfer from Tottenham in 2012. The midfielder has lifted three league titles, five Champions League trophies and four UEFA SuperCup titles to name but a few.