Across the globe, there are numerous players who qualify to be included in the “world-class” bracket. However, as is the norm with every sport, these players also go through sparkling purple patches while enduring a few grey ones along the way. Down are some players who are enduring a rough patch, and are out of form currently.
5. Luka Modric (Real Madrid)
— Luka Modrić (@lukamodric10) August 27, 2018
The Croatian had a sensational 2017-18 season as he powered Real Madrid to an unprecedented 3rd successive Champions League crown while also dragging Croatia to the World Cup finals.
However, this season, he has looked a pale shadow of the figure that inspired his sides to success. A jaded Modric looking up to the heavens for inspiration has been an unfamiliarly common sight this term.
4. Thomas Muller (Bayern Munich)
— Thomas Müller (@esmuellert_) October 23, 2018
For a couple of years, Muller has looked out of sorts. Ever since Pep Guardiola left for Manchester, the German has seen himself being shunted out wide to accommodate other flair players.
Muller has never been a direct and dazzling dribbler. The German has always relied on his positioning and his movement to get into the right scoring positions. Recently, however, he has failed to create space for himself. With him not providing an end-product, he has looked a far cry from the player who won the Golden Boot at the 2010 World Cup.
3. Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid)
— Sergio Ramos (@SergioRamos) November 3, 2018
Cristiano Ronaldo left for newer pastures in the summer and with Zidane also accompanying him through the exit door, the onus fell on Sergio Ramos to act as the talisman for Real Madrid. However, in 2018-19, Sergio Ramos has been anything but that.
Real Madrid’s successes over the years were built on a strong defence, led by Ramos. This term, he has seemed shaky and his decision making questionable. While the Spaniard has come up with crucial goals, he has hardly inspired in his primary task: defending.