Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric made his 500 appearances for the club in the recent 2-1 victory over Barcelona.
Modric told Real Madrid TV: “This shirt and all the others mean so much to me. Reaching this figure is incredible and I’d like to thank madridismo for their support during all these games. I’ll continue to give everything for Madrid”.
“Real Madrid is everything to me. It’s part of my life, my family, it’s a way of life. I’m from Croatia, I was born there, but I’ve been here for eleven years and I feel at home. I’m grateful for all I’m experiencing at the best club in football history.”
He added: “It’s incredible, I don’t know what to say. Reaching this milestone is amazing. 500 games is a figure very few players have achieved for Real Madrid.
“To be among that select few fills me with pride. Besides all the awards and trophies, the recognition from the fans, who have always been behind me, has been the most important thing.
“You can’t fool people. The love I feel every time I set foot on the Bernabéu pitch makes me very happy. So I always looked to repay that by giving it my all.”
Modric joined Real Madrid from English club Tottenham Hotspur in the summer of 2012. He has won 3 La Liga titles and 5 Champions League trophies since joining Real Madrid.
Modric said: “Winning five Champions Leagues is unbelievable. I never imagined it.
“When you come to Madrid, you know you’re coming to a winning club that is destined to achieve big things like winning the Champions League, LaLiga and other Cups.
“But I never imaged I’d win five European Cups. It’s a historic achievement. I still don’t think we’re aware of the fact we’ve managed this in so few years. It’s absolutely unbelievable.”