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€130 million Real Madrid star set to play his first El Clasico three years after signing

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Playing in El Clasico is one of the biggest dreams of any player who signs for Barcelona or Real Madrid. Despite losing its glamour in recent years, the clash between the two Spanish giants continues to be one of the most prestigious sporting events in the world.

According to reports from MARCA, Eden Hazard is set to play his first Clasico on Saturday. The Belgian international could even start on the night given that Karim Benzema is not a match fit yet.

Hazard suffered a muscle overload scare in training yesterday, buts tests have revealed that it is nothing serious. His setback will not stop him from participating against Xavi’s side in Las Vegas.

It has been more than three years since Hazard signed for Real Madrid from Chelsea. After his arrival, he was injured for the first four Clasicos. He did not participate in the two games last season either as Ancelotti decided against using the Belgian.

Last season, he played only 18 games for Los Blancos and recorded just one assist in that duration.

This time around, Hazard has come back to training more determined than ever. He promised fans to recover his best form this season and seems to be serious about his words.

“Real Madrid fans, I’ve been here for three years with so many injuries, with so many things. But next year I’m going to give my all for you,” he said.

Ancelotti has tried using the forward as a false nine in recent training sessions but it remains to be seen if the Belgian starts in that role against Barcelona.

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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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