The Slovenia worldwide goalkeeper stays a giant fan of two modern-day greats and is seeking to get his palms on extra main silverware
Jan Oblak has been discussing the brilliance of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo whereas additionally assessing Atletico Madrid’s title hopes and waiting for what the long run could maintain for him.
The Slovenian goalkeeper has, throughout seven years in Spanish soccer, lined up in opposition to a few of the best within the enterprise throughout outings on home, continental and worldwide levels.
Two all-time greats with 11 Ballon d’Or wins between them sit on the very prime of that expertise checklist, with the 28-year-old shot-stopper typically discovering himself standing between record-setting forwards and their efforts to seek out the again of the web.
What has been mentioned?
Requested by Objective who could be in his dream five-a-side group, Oblak mentioned: “It’s a troublesome query, sure, however with Messi I’ve all the time mentioned it. He’s spectacular. He’s on the highest stage. For me he’s the most effective.
“One other one which I’d select could be Cristiano, who has marked an period with Messi within the historical past of soccer. You need to admire the whole lot they’ve performed.
“It is troublesome to say extra, but when I am a goalkeeper on that group I might prefer to have 5 defenders. So, I’d select those that have been on my group – Savic, Gimenez, Godín, Felipe.
“I may identify a number of for you. It is a bit unfair to speak about names, they’re all at a excessive stage.”
Can Atletico’s stars ship extra silverware?
These presently at Diego Simeone’s disposal stand on the point of one other beautiful title triumph this season, with Clasico rivals Actual Madrid and Barcelona left trailing within the Rojiblancos’ wake.
There’s another sport left to soak up, with capital neighbours battling it out for the crown, and Oblak admits it comes as no shock to seek out that Atleti are doing issues the exhausting method – with a two-point lead held on the summit heading into a gathering with relegation-threatened Actual Valladolid on Saturday.
“All through the historical past of the membership there has all the time been struggling,” he added.
“Since I’ve realized concerning the membership, that has all the time been the case, no title has been gained simply. One individual instructed me that of the ten titles Atleti have gained, just one was gained earlier than the final day.
“Every title that’s at stake with Atleti is sweated on till the top and right here it is not going to be any totally different.
“You need to know find out how to undergo. I have been right here for seven years and that is what makes soccer stunning in the long run, that is why soccer is so attention-grabbing. You by no means know what is going to occur.”
He went on to say: “I do not take into consideration profitable the league now. All I need is to organize myself as greatest as attainable for Saturday, like the entire group.
“We wish to win. It is a ultimate for them and for us. It is going to be a troublesome sport and I do not even wish to take into consideration the rest. Simply put together for the sport and play it in addition to attainable. Then we are going to see if it’s time to have fun or to be unhappy.”
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No matter occurs this weekend, Oblak is blissful at Atletico and tied to a contract by way of to the summer time of 2023.
He’s, nevertheless, ready to confess that something may occur sooner or later, with challenges outdoors of Spain – doubtlessly within the Premier League – holding apparent attraction.
Oblak mentioned of his profession path from this level: “It’s troublesome to know what can occur sooner or later. You may have a contract.
“The Premier League is an attention-grabbing league and I do not know what is going to occur sooner or later. I prefer it, I’m an individual who likes new challenges, however as I mentioned I’ve been at Atleti for seven years, a very long time has handed, I’m blissful and I do not know what is going to occur sooner or later.
“When you requested me seven years in the past if I’d be at Atleti, I can solely say that I’m blissful as a result of this 12 months we’re combating for the title and that’s what I need. That my group is aggressive sufficient to battle for titles.”