It does not require much effort on one’s part to identify Real Madrid’s saviour this season. While the team has been functioning as a single unit and every player is contributing his share, Karim Benzema has been a notch above.
It cannot be a coincidence that Real Madrid’s worst results this reason came during the Frenchman’s absence. Even the humiliating defeat at El Clasico was at a time when the striker was unavailable through injury.
Time and time again when Los Blancos have needed a hero, they have not had to look past Benzema. His importance has further increased in the past two months in which he single-handedly won his side games day in and day out.
Carlo Ancelotti’s side have trailed in the tie on three occasions in the last month. They were 2-0 down on aggregate against Paris-Saint Germain, 3-0 down against Chelsea in the second leg, and trailed Sevilla by two goals last night.
Yet, on every single occasion, the team stepped up and delivered a comeback. Moreover, in all three games, the winner is accredited to the same name: Karim Benzema.
Against the French side, the forward scored a scintillating second-half hat-trick to power his side to a comeback. Needless to say, it was a special night by a special player who carried the entire team on his shoulders.
The scenario against Chelsea was different. Los Blancos trailed 3-0 in the second leg, but 4-3 on aggregate. With fifteen minutes to go, the team needed two goals to qualify.
A moment of magic from Luka Modric helped them equalise late in the game before Benzema struck the winner in extra time. What makes the goal more special is the fact that it was pre-planned as the Frenchman was seen discussing his movement with Vinicius before the goal.
Last night, Real Madrid once again found themselves in adversity as they trailed Sevilla by two goals. Rodrygo stepped up in the 50th minute before Nacho equalised ten minutes fr the final whistle.
With the scores tied at the end of 90 minutes, one expected the match to end in a stalemate. However, Benzema did it once again. Receiving the ball under pressure in the box, he took a few deft touches to get around the Sevilla defense before firing it home.
Kylian Mbappe wants to be presented as new Real Madrid player before Euro 2024 – report
According to a report from El Chiringuito TV, Paris Saint-Germain superstar Kylian Mbappe wants to be presented as the new Real Madrid player before the beginning of UEFA Euro 2024.
It is to be noted that Euro commences on June 14, a mere 13 days after this season’s UEFA Champions League final.
Now, PSG will have their commitment in Ligue 1 until May 18, and depending on their performance in the Champions League, they will officially end their 2023/24 campaign.
At best, if it ends in May itself, Mbappe can see his dream turning into reality but if the French team somehow reaches the UCL final, the French superstar will have to report for international duty soon after
Mbappe is extremely close to becoming the Real Madrid player after it emerged that the forward and the team are closing in on an agreement over image rights.
As such, there would not be any fee involved in the transfer since Mbappe will move as a free agent, but as reported before, the team from the Spanish capital will pay him an extravagant signing-on bonus expected to be around €120-150 million.
How can Real Madrid pull this off?
As of today, both Real Madrid and Mbappe are working on the final details of the contract. While it is assumed that he would earn a fixed salary of €14 million each season in addition to €30 million in bonuses, there remains a disparity regarding his image rights.
At PSG, Mbappe holds 100% of his image rights but Madrid have a policy that has only been mended once when a certain Cristiano Ronaldo joined from Manchester United in 2009.
Ever since the Galacticos era, Madrid have reserved 50% of the player’s image rights, but in the case of Mbappe, the team from the Spanish capital is okay with having just 20% of it as even that would churn in big money.
Once these details are sorted, Real Madrid can make the official announcement of the deal in collaboration with PSG. Once this is done, everyone will wait for PSG to end their campaign and depending on that, Mbappe will arrange his travel to Madrid.