LUKA Modric looked a far cry from being crowned the best player in the world in Real Madrid’s humiliation last night.
His feeble attempt to block Ajax’s fourth goal of the night summed up his performance as the Dutch side ran riot at the Bernabeu.
As the Ballon d’Or winner lined up in a two-man wall alongside Marco Asensio, Lasse Schone curled a remarkable free-kick into the far corner.
Keeper Thibaut Courtois will take the majority of the blame but footage from the crowd exposed the Croatian’s lack of desire to stop the kick.
The World Cup 2018 hero barely lifted his left leg as he watched the ball sail over his shoulder and into the back of the net.
Modric, used to dominating in the middle of the park, was left chasing shadows by Ajax’s young and talented side.
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In ratings from publication L’Equipe, he received a four – the joint highest among his team-mates alongside Raphael Varane.
In comparison, Dusan Tadic became just the ninth player in history to receive a ten.
The 4-1 defeat was one of Real Madrid’s darkest nights in their history as the holders were dumped out of the Champions League on their own back yard.
And with nothing left to play for this season, the inquest will now begin at the Bernabeu.
Boss Santiago Solari is almost a certainty to receive the axe as Real prepare for a huge summer of transition.
And that could include the departure of Gareth Bale.
But the Welshman will need to take up to a whopping £70million pay cut if he wants a Premier League return.