Toni Kroos is outstanding in the Clásico against FC Barcelona. The fact that the praise falls more on his teammates is quite fine with him.
After his outstanding performance in the Clásico, Toni Kroos preferred to let his colleagues shine. Just like on the pitch for eight years now in the Real Madrid shirt. The midfield strategist drew attention to Fede Valverde after the 3-1 (2-0) win against FC Barcelona, one of the top three footballers in the world for him, as Kroos wrote to his ten million followers.
The 32-year-old himself had a huge share in the deserved success – and was rightly a topic of conversation after the 185th duel with the Catalan arch-rival. After all, his contract expires next summer. Spanish media recently reported that Kroos has not yet decided whether to renew with the royals. The Clásico was his 250th league game for Real.
“He knows exactly what we all think, me, his team-mates, the club,” said coach Carlo Ancelotti: “We don’t have to push him, he’s so smart and Madrid like him so much no matter what decision he makes : We will be happy.”
As happy as the Clásico win that saw Real climb back to the top of Spain’s La Liga. Kroos started the 1-0 lead through Karim Benzema (12th) with his outstanding overview, national keeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen was defeated again after 637 minutes without conceding a goal. “World-class player” Valverde (35th) added before the break. “Much better!” she wrote mark under a jubilant picture – Kroos was not to be seen on the front page.
There was also little to see from Barcelona and world-class striker Robert Lewandowski for a long time, but it got exciting again. Ferran Torres (83′) brought Barça closer, but Rodrygo’s 3-1 (90’+1), who scored from the penalty spot, sealed the Catalans’ first defeat of the season.
Real, coach Xavi admitted, was “more mature” – also thanks to Toni Kroos, who received an anniversary shirt from President Florentino Perez after the game.