Karim Benzema and Robert Lewandowski are two of the best strikers in the game currently without a doubt.
Benzema is coming on the back of his career-best campaign during 2021/22 which saw him spearhead Real Madrid to the La Liga title, the UEFA Champions League glory and the Spanish Super Cup as well, while Los Blancos also won the UEFA Super Cup under his captaincy.
The 34-year-old was named the UEFA Best Player of the Year and is the top contender to win the Ballon d’Or later this year.
Lewandowski, meanwhile, enjoyed another sensational campaign in 2021/22 as he hit the 50-goal mark across all competitions, on his way to winning yet another Bundesliga title with Bayern Munich.
The Poland captain then moved to Barcelona in the summer and has carried on in his merry goalscoring ways, even netting a hat-trick on his Champions League debut for the Catalan giants.
Without a doubt, Benzema and Lewandowski are at the top of the pile even though they are 34 years old, sparking a debate as to who is the better among the two.
And Bayern Munich superstar Thomas Muller has had his say on the matter, picking his former teammate Lewandowski over Benzema. However, the German ace did acknowledge the Real Madrid superstar’s extraordinary season last time out.
Speaking to ESPN UK, Muller said: “Benzema or Lewandowski? I have to go for Lewandowski, but Benzema had a very good season, he’s a very good player.”
Benzema and Lewandowski will come face to face when Real Madrid host Barcelona for the first El Clasico of the season at the Bernabeu in October. It will certainly be interesting to see who among the veteran strikers comes out on top in the battle.
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.