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Dani Alves reacts to Karim Benzema masterclass vs PSG: “What a player”



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Real Madrid delivered a sucker punch to Paris Saint-Germain’s hopes of securing the UEFA Champions League title this season, with Karim Benzema delivering a performance for the ages.

Despite leading by an aggregate of two goals at half-time, Les Parisiens crumbled to the Real Madrid onslaught in the second half, as Benzema netted a quickfire hat-trick to overturn a two-goal deficit into a 3-2 lead on aggregate.

The 3-1 victory at Santiago Bernabeu was enough for Los Blancos to book tickets for the quarter-final stage of the competition.

Reacting to the win, FC Barcelona veteran Dani Alves praised Benzema’s performance on his Instagram account, hailing the Frenchman for his brilliance on the night.

Alves put out a story, with the caption: “I don’t care if he is from Madrid, but what a player, what a player Benzema is. I love this game.”

Alves was simply one of many to congratulate Benzema on the night, for his marvellous attacking display against PSG. It serves as a testament to the success the Frenchman has garnered at Real Madrid, especially after the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo.

Since the start of the 2018/19 campaign, the 34-year-old has racked up 117 goals in all competitions. It led to him being one of the favourites in last year’s Ballon d’Or, with the striker finishing only behind Lionel Messi, Robert Lewandowski and Jorginho.

As we head towards the final phase of the campaign, Benzema’s contributions in front of the goal could be even more significant, especially in Real Madrid’s bid to secure the league title and reclaim the UEFA Champions League crown.

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UFC Champion to kick off Real Madrid vs Sevilla, sends message to Mbappe: “Lucky to play for the best club in the world”



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Coming on the back of his triumph at UFC, Featherweight champion Ilia Topuria has announced he will take honorary kick-off in the upcoming Real Madrid vs Sevilla in La Liga this weekend.

Topuria confirmed this in a recent press conference in the Spanish capital this midweek.

A self-proclaimed Madridista, Topuria expressed his deep connection with the club and even sent a message to Kylian Mbappe, who is widely expected to join the club on a free transfer this summer.

Ilia Topuria: A hardcore Madridista

Ilia Topuria did not hold back his affection for Real Madrid, stating, “For me, the team that represents the values ​​of Spain the most is Real Madrid.”

The Georgian-Spaniard UFC champion went on to confirm that he will meet Florentino Perez on Sunday and take the kick-off.

“I’m going to meet Florentino Perez on Sunday and take the kick-off,” he said (h/t Mundo Deportivo).

Topuria triumphed over Volkanovski last Saturday. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

Although born in Germany, Topuria made Spain proud last Saturday when he beat Alexander Volkanovski in the second round. In the process, he became the first fighter from Spain to capture a UFC belt.

Topuria’s triumph has granted him overnight success in Spain, with the 27-year-old even becoming a cultural icon for many.

Topuria’s message for Mbappe

Other than professing his love for Real Madrid, Ilia Topuria also had a message for Mbappe.

When asked about the Frenchman potentially joining Real Madrid this summer, he said, “Welcome. He’s lucky to play for the best club in the world.”

Real Madrid, for their part, also congratulated Topuria on his triumph. “Congratulations on your historic triumph for Spanish sport, Ilia Topuria. We are proud that a great Real Madrid fan like you becomes UFC world champion,” the club posted on X.

Real Madrid fans, meanwhile, will be excited to witness Topuria taking the honorary kickoff as Los Blancos take on Sevilla this weekend, with three crucial points on the line.

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