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Real Madrid won last weekend a new title, the Spanish Super Cup, that showed one more time the importance of its midfield. Modric, Isco, Kroos, Casemiro, and Valverde have secured a project that many considered exhausted after last season fiasco. However, rarely 100 million euros have been better invested. It is what the white club has paid for these five players over the years. Modric cost 35, Isco 30, Kroos 25, Casemiro 5 and Valverde other 5. The question is how much each of these players is worth now. According to Transfermarket, except with Modric all of these are worth at least double their original price, and this calculation is done after a past campaign without titles. This is how you build one of the most successful midfield lines ever spending less than what Manchester United paid only for Paul Pogba.
The success of Real Madrid’s midfield starts with the signing of Modric in the 2012/13 campaign. ‘Los Blancos’ paid 35 million for the Croatian and for many, it was a fortune for a player who didn't have the size to lead a team like the Spanish giant. Time has put everyone in their place. Golden Ball, at 34, the Croatian has not yet said his last word as seen in this Super Cup. It is already more than amortized. He is probably worth around 15 million euros today, although last season penalized him, and during the Super Cup, he showed he is more than alive with two wonderful matches and a great goal against Valencia. Zidane has found an ideal way to make him play at his best in the most important matches of the season while giving him the needed rest in other minor games when the younger members of the squad can take over.
Isco joined Real Madrid for 30 million after dazzling in Malaga, and by that time he arrived as the best talent in Spanish football. He had been awarded the Golden Boy and the Bravo Trophy and Madrid already had a clear policy of signing the best national product. He did not always have the role of undisputed as Modric, and he has clearly suffered ups and downs, and this same summer everyone speculated on his departure but he did not want to hear offers. This year he has returned to give his best version with Zidane, and he also showed a great level in the last Super Cup, completing a superb game against Valencia in the semifinals. His highest value in Transfermarket has been 90 million and in the last revision, also down by last season’s poor performance, is 50 million.
Another of the most profitable signings of the second stage of Florentino Pérez as Real Madrid’s president was undoubtedly Toni Kroos. It was a firm bet of the club and a perfect maneuver because it is never easy to snatch a player from Bayern Munich and less if he is the most promising young product of their academy, and Madrid bought him for only 25 million. He was also finished according to many after the bad year he had last season, but once again he lives one of his best moments in the club and he even scored a direct goal from a corner kick in the Super Cup. He has signed a new contract until 2023, his highest value has reached 80 million and the current one is around 60 million.
CASEMIRO BRINGS THE BALANCE
If Modric, Kroos or Isco put the football, Casemiro arrived to give the team the needed balance. He was initially assigned to Madrid’s second team after arriving from Sao Paulo in January 2013, he had his debut with Mourinho and at the end of the season, the club paid 5 million for the transfer. In 2013/14 he already left his mark with Ancelotti but he was loaned to Porto for two years, although the Spanish team recovered him after only one campaign in Portugal. He definitely found his place with Zidane already on the bench until he became indisputable. He has been a key piece in the four Champions League titles from last years as well as Isco and Modric, and his current value is of over 70 million euros.
Another bet for the future like Casemiro at the time. He started in Madrid’s second team in 2016/17 after paying only 5 million to Peñarol. The following year he was loaned to Deportivo La Coruña after becoming part of Real Madrid’s first team last season. It was Santiago Solari who began to give him quality minutes and Zidane made it clear on his return that he didn’t want him to leave in search of minutes because he will count on him. And he has exploded this season and is already valued at 50 million. He has come to fortify the bright midfield that started with Modric and is now unquestionable. It has not taken long for him to win a title, as he finished the Spanish Super Cup with his hand on the trophy and as the best player in the final against Atlético. He is already an idol of Real Madrid and he has renewed his contract until 2025 with a galactic clause of 500 million.
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