LUKA MODRIC proved age is just a number with another stunning Champions League performance for Real Madrid against Chelsea, capped off by an outrageous assist.
The 36-year-old veteran played a ball so good to set up Rodrygo to score it caused Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand to “lose his voice”.
Goals from Mason Mount, Antonio Rudiger and Timo Werner on Tuesday had initially seen Chelsea stun Madrid to lead 3-0 on the night, and 4-3 on aggregate.
But then Modric helped force extra time with what will go down as one of the greatest assists in Champions League history.
A pinpoint cross from the left touchline with the outside of his right boot allowed Rodyrgo to volley into the back of the net and level things up on aggregate.
The pass was so good it left Ferdinand “screaming”, with the former defender telling BT Sport: “This pass from Luka Modric is why I lost my voice today!
“That’s illegal, that.
“I was screaming, Luka, Muka, whatever his name was. Phenomenal.”
An expert Karim Benzema header in extra time, to follow-up his hat-trick in the first leg, saw Real Madrid progress to the semi-finals 5-4 on aggregate after an incredible clash at the Bernabeu.
It was a 38th goal of the season for Benzema, and only backed up claims from Ferdinand last week that the striker should be favourite to win the Ballon d’Or this year.
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Modric is the only man since 2008 to deny either Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo the prestigious gong.
But if Benzema leads Real Madrid to a 14th Champions League title next month, Ferdinand’s prediction may well prove to be true.