Real Madrid legends concluding their illustrious career in the Saudi Arabian league is turning out to be a common theme.
After Cristiano Ronaldo’s move to Al Nassr, Karim Benzema has followed a similar path, with the Frenchman recently joining Al Ittihad.
While the Saudi Arabian league currently falls behind Europe’s top 5 leagues, the financial muscle on display proceeds to lure football’s biggest stars.
Benzema joined Al Ittihad on a two-year deal with an option for a further season. The 35-year-old will earn almost €200 million per season net salary, commercial deals included. Cristiano, who proved to be the trendsetter, was the first to grant exposure to the Saudi Arabian league.
The Real Madrid legend has frequently waxed lyrical about the league. Having been in Madrid earlier this week, he spoke to the media about his old acquaintance, Benzema, saying (h/t BeSoccer):
“I knew that Benzema is coming to Saudi and that’s why I said that the Saudi will be among the top five leagues in the future, more stars will come.”
The five-time Ballon d’Or winner appears to be proven right as legendary veterans of the game are gradually migrating to Saudi Arabia. N’Golo Kante is set to become the latest signing by Al Ittihad.
In addition to speaking highly of his new environment, Cristiano did not waste the opportunity to sing praises of his old club.
Having played a historic role in Real Madrid’s three-peat and achieving four Champions Leagues as a Madridista, he claimed: “Real Madrid will certainly win more Champions Leagues in the future.”
Highly familiar with the winning culture established at Real Madrid, the Portuguese continues to believe in Los Blancos’ abilities.
While Cristiano played a huge role in Real Madrid’s Champions League titles, the club continued to spread its sphere of influence in Europe as they were crowned champions prior to this season.
Real Madrid very happy with future star Endrick, eagerly awaiting his arrival in 2024 – Romano
Real Madrid’s attacking unit has been crippled by the loss of Karim Benzema earlier in the summer, which was followed by the loss of Vinicius Jr due to injury.
Although Vinicius has returned, there is much left to be desired from the Madrid frontline as we progress through to the season.
Real Madrid, though, are waiting on the arrival of Endrick. The young Brazilian is set to join the Real Madrid squad in the summer of 2024 when he turns 18.
Real Madrid impressed by Endrick
Endrick has already started his preparation for his pending move to Santiago Bernabeu, having performed exceptionally well in his native Brazil this year.
The youngster is constantly working on his game, in order to further improve himself as an attacker. It has left Real Madrid quite happy and eager for his arrival, reports Fabrizio Romano.
The journalist claims that Real Madrid have been keeping close tabs on everything Endrick has been doing, on and off the pitch, at Palmeiras.
And they have received very good reports on the 17-year-old, with the club impressed by how he is putting efforts to improve himself both performance-wise and in other facets.
Despite there being some question marks over his performances, the teenage forward is starting to showcase his potential, having scored five goals in five starts for Palmeiras.
Endrick also learning new languages
Endrick is not only just working on his performance. In fact, the Brazilian is also learning other languages in order to quickly settle into life in Spain.
The youngster can speak Portuguese, but he may have to master Spanish during his time at Santiago Bernabeu.
As mentioned earlier, Endrick can already speak Portuguese, which should go a long way in helping him team up with fellow Brazilians Vinicius Jr and Rodrygo.
Even Eder Militao can speak Portuguese, which should make it easier for Endrick to adapt to life in Spain, at least for the next year or so.