1. Luka Modric
The diminutive magician has enjoyed a storied, illustrious career in the Spanish capital. Like teammate Bale, Modric has lifted the Champions League four times. He also won La Liga twice, the Copa Del Rey once and countless individual honours, including the 2018 Ballon d’Or.
What a treat it was to have him showcase his immeasurable talent at Tottenham. The 35-year-old was a maestro like no other. With the ball always on a string, Modric had the ability to make threading the needle look easy. He dominated possession and almost always played the right pass. Unselfish and hardworking, Modric embodied the perfect teammate.
The day Tottenham acquire a central midfielder with someone of Modric’s rare talent is the day the club’s trophy count will swiftly increase. The gem of a midfielder made everyone around him better. He had a knack for involving everyone in the starting team and measures up to some of the best playmakers world football has seen in the last 10 years.
But even Modric wasn’t a part of the last Tottenham side to win a trophy. He joined Spurs for the start of the 2008-2009 season, just months after Tottenham beat Chelsea in the League Cup Final.