Toni Kroos He decided to retire from international soccer on Friday, ending 11 years of service with the German national team at 31 and with a World Cup to his name.
The midfielder has decided to prioritize Real Madrid now, hoping to give the best of himself during the last two years of his contract in the Spanish capital.
His decision puts the spotlight on some of his teammates from Los Blancos, with some of them in a position similar to Kroos.
Luka Modric: Qatar’s goal
Luka modric made his debut for Croatia at age 20 in 2006. Now, at 35, he is the undisputed leader of his country and led them to their greatest achievement in 2018, finishing as runner-up in the World Cup.
His commitment cannot be questioned and he hopes to reach the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, but this next World Cup is going to be played six months later than it should, and how Modric spends the six months before the tournament is nobody’s business. suppose.
Karim Benzema: Bad timing
At 33, Karim Benzema has returned to the France team after six years in exile and was the best player of the world champions at Euro 2020, beating Kylian Mbappé, Paul Pogba and all the others.
His Real Madrid The contract runs until 2022 and, and the six years he spent away from international soccer could work in his favor, as they allowed him to take care of himself more than most players.
The time of the Belgians is soon …
Eden Hazard it’s only one year younger than Kroos, and has had to fight a bad ankle for two seasons. Some in Real Madrid He was not happy to have played at Euro 2020 after spending months recovering in Valdebebas.
Thibaut CourtoisThe case is very different, perhaps because he is a goalkeeper, but he will continue to play regularly for the club and for the national team for years to come.
This summer was the first time that Spain competed in a tournament without Real Madrid players since the 1930s. With Sergio Ramos Now that he’s gone, it’s not likely that many Los Blancos players will play for La Roja anytime soon.
Dani carvajal is most likely, then there is Lucas Vazquez. Beyond them, Nacho Fernandez, Marco Asensio, Dani Ceballos and Brahim Diaz could have a chance in the future.
The South American untouchables
No sign of Real MadridThe South Americans will be moving away from their respective national teams anytime soon. Vinicius Junior and Eder Militao are likely to become more important for Brazil, as will Fede Valverde with Uruguay.