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Real Madrid: Ramos Lisbon goal a sliding-doors moment - Modric

Real Madrid beat Atlético Madrid in extra time of the 2014 Champions League final and Luka Modric claimed it changed the club's mindset.

Ramos' goal in Lisbon may have changed history of European football - Modric

Sergio Ramos' late goal in Real Madrid's Champions League final victory over Atlético Madrid in 2014 may have altered the history of European football, according to Luka Modric.

Madrid trailed to Diego Godín's opener when Ramos forced extra time with a dramatic 93rd-minute header at Estadio da Luz.

Gareth Bale put Carlo Ancelotti's side in front and further goals followed from Marcelo and Cristiano Ronaldo to seal a 4-1 victory in Lisbon

It was Madrid's 10th European Cup - known as 'La Décima' - but their first in 12 years after a series of near misses.

Modric: "Teams were afraid of us again" after 2014 Champions League triumph

The Spanish giants have since added three more Champions Leagues to their collection, but Modric is unsure whether it would have been possible if not for Ramos' famous goal.

"It's difficult to make such judgements. I don't know," he told Club del Deportista. "It may be the case that this goal changed the history of European football. Real Madrid had already won a lot of trophies, but they hadn't lifted the Champions League trophy for 12 years. 

"This goal changed something, the mentality changed. From that moment we started to be very strong in Europe and teams were afraid of us again. That shows how important mentality is in football. 

"People had spent 12 years talking about La Décima and it became a mental thing. [José] Mourinho went to three semi-finals and it was hard to overcome this mental barrier.

"When we reached the final and to win it with that goal, it still gives me goosebumps, we showed such strong character and never gave up."

2018 Ballon d'Or win "a recognition of my entire career"

Modric broke Ronaldo and Lionel Messi's Ballon d'Or stranglehold by winning football's most prestigious individual accolade in 2018.

It capped a memorable year that saw him win his third successive Champions League with Madrid and help Croatia to a first World Cup final, where they were beaten by France.

"That was a recognition of my entire career, but a very special year in particular," Modric said of winning the award. 

"I was lucky enough to win the Champions League again, which isn't easy, and I also reached the World Cup final with a country like Croatia, which for us is something that words just can't describe

"I don't like to talk about myself, but I think that, in the individual sense, I played a very good season and the footballing people have recognised that. It's no coincidence when so many people vote for you."