It remains the case that while Kroos' standing in the world's most successful midfield trio is unquestioned, he rarely enjoys the kind of praise aimed at the likes of Karim Benzema, Sergio Ramos, Casemiro or Luka Modric.
Real Madrid now own the better head-to-head against both of their rivals while Barcelona and Atletico still have to play each other at Camp Nou in the run-in.
Kroos' comments came after the Netherlands, Germany, Belgium and Norway all protested by wearing T-shirts with messages such as "Human Rights" or "Football supports change" before World Cup qualifiers over the last week.
FIFA World Cup 2022 qualifiers: Joachim Loew urges Germany to take out 'anger and disappointment' against Iceland
Their opening World Cup qualifier in Duisburg will be their first appearance since Loew's men were thrashed 6-0 in Seville last November.
Toni Kroos, Dayot Upamecano and other footballers appear in hard-hitting video against internet hate
In the 1min 44sec clip, 14 players including stars such as Toni Kroos, Niklas Suele read out hate messages they received on social media.
Modric is joint third top scorer at the club and fifth for assists, even though by his own admission his contribution is never truly reflected by those measurements.
The victory moved Real Madrid three points in front of third-place Barcelona, which routed Alavés 5-1 at home on Saturday.
Zidane's position has come under scrutiny again after Wednesday's defeat by third-tier side Alcoyano in the Copa del Rey but Madrid responded at Mendizorroza without their coach, or their captain Sergio Ramos, who was out with a knee injury.
Casemiro opened the scoring for Zinedine Zidane’s team in the 15th minute. A long strike by Dani Carvajal, that ricocheted off the post and the back of goalkeeper Jan Oblak before going in, sealed the victory midway through the second half.
LaLiga: Atletico Madrid edge past Barcelona to earn title boost; Villarreal hold Real Madrid to a 1-1 draw
Yannick Carrasco finished brilliantly from range after mistakes from Gerard Pique and Marc-Andre ter Stegen left the goal gaping but Barca, and a below-par Lionel Messi, failed to respond at the Wanda Metropolitano.
Kroos feels if players had more say they "wouldn't be playing in the Nations League, nor a Spanish Super Cup in Saudi Arabia, nor a Club World Cup with 20 or more teams."
Loew has a contract until 2022, but his popularity — which peaked when Germany won the 2014 World Cup — crashed after the 2018 finals in Russia, where the Germans failed to get out of their group.
Joachim Low said he intends to divide his squad into two separate groups, the first for the home friendly against Turkey in Cologne next Wednesday.
UEFA Nations League: Focus on Germany vs Spain, France vs Croatia, Gareth Bale and Eduardo Camavinga
Second edition of UEFA Nations League gets underway in mid-week just a week after the 2019-20 season ended.
LaLiga: 'Baby Galactico' Vinicius Junior shines in El Clasico to revive Real Madrid's title aspirations
In many ways, Vinicius is still a 'baby Galactico' finding his way in a depleted frontline in the post-Cristiano Ronaldo era, but his maturity, responsibility and precision finish show that he is taking it all into his stride
LaLiga: Vinicius Junior revels in decisive 'clasico' goal to put Real Madrid on top; Atletico Madrid held by Espanyol
The 19-year-old Vinicius Junior had scored eight goals with Madrid since arriving two seasons ago, but none as big as this one.
LaLiga: Eden Hazard impresses on return from injury, but Real Madrid fail to beat Celta Vigo; Sevilla held by Espanyol
Eden Hazard's inspired return from an injury layoff couldn't keep Real Madrid from stumbling to a 2-2 draw at home with Celta Vigo on Sunday, reducing their lead in the Spanish league to a single point.
LaLiga: Real Madrid claim top spot with narrow win over Valladolid; Atletico Madrid stumble yet again
Real Madrid took charge of the Spanish league title race after turning to a little-used defender to grind out a 1-0 win at Valladolid on Sunday.
Spanish Super Cup: Real Madrid kick off tournament in Saudi Arabia with comfortable semi-final win over Valencia
Real Madrid midfielder Kroos curled in an exquisite right-footed shot from the corner flag in the 15th minute after spotting Valencia goalkeeper Jaume Domenech out of position
LaLiga: Real Madrid's Karim Benzema scores late goal to salvage point against Valencia; Villarreal beat Sevilla
The draw wasted a chance for Madrid to take the outright lead. Second-place Madrid are level on points with league leader Barcelona before the teams meet at Camp Nou.