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Luka Modrić vs Lionel Messi: The tackle that shook the Champions League

3. April 2024
Luka Modrić (foto: Getty Images)
In a thrilling showcase of skill and sportsmanship, UEFA reignited the excitement of football fans worldwide by revisiting a moment from a Champions League match that has become iconic in the realms of football history.

The match in question saw Real Madrid overturning a two-goal deficit to eliminate Paris Saint-Germain from the round of 16 on March 9, 2022, with a magical performance and a hat-trick by Karim Benzema leading to a 3-1 victory. Amidst the high-stakes drama, it was Luka Modrić's masterful play that caught the world's attention, particularly a moment that has now been etched into the annals of football lore.   

During the closing stages of the game, as PSG sought an equalizer, Modrić executed a perfect sliding tackle, dispossessing Lionel Messi and effectively nullifying the threat posed by the Argentine superstar. This action not only captivated the audience at Santiago Bernabéu but also went viral, showcasing Modrić's defensive prowess and tactical intelligence.   


UEFA's highlight of this duel between the two LM10s - Modrić and Messi - has stirred a frenzy among fans on social media platforms, particularly Facebook, where hundreds of thousands have liked and commented on the moment. The reactions range from admiration of Modrić's ability to "keep Messi in his pocket" to playful jests about this move sending Messi to Inter Miami, reflecting the fans' engagement and the enduring impact of this encounter.   


This memorable encounter underscores the rivalry and respect between two of football's most talented players, illustrating the high level of competition and the moments of brilliance that define the Champions League. As Real Madrid prepares for another Champions League campaign, with a quarter-final clash against Manchester City on the horizon, fans are reminded of the skill, determination, and moments of magic that make football the beautiful game.
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