Connect with us

Real Madrid News

Ex-Barcelona star issues warning to Real Madrid ahead of FIFA Club World Cup meeting



Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images

Flamengo recently became the latest champions of South America by lifting the Copa Libertadores. They beat Athletico Paranaense 1-0 to seal the coveted competition for the third time.

Flamengo’s victory in the Copa Libertadores means the Brazilian giants are set to compete with Real Madrid in the upcoming FIFA Club World Cup.

Ahead of the potential match-up between these two sides, Flamengo midfielder and former Barcelona star Arturo Vidal has sent out a warning to the reigning European champions.

“Real Madrid, we are going to kick your a**,” said Vidal (h/t Alaire Libre), whose comments come just a few days after Flamengo’s triumph in the Copa Libertadores.

Vidal, who had featured in 96 competitive matches for FC Barcelona during his time in Catalonia, moved to Flamengo in the summer, following the end of his two-year spell at Inter Milan.

One would expect the Chilean international to lead the Flamengo side when they take on Real Madrid in the FIFA Club World Cup.

In addition to these two teams, other teams participating in the competition include Seattle Sounders from the United States, Wydad Casablanca from Morocco, and Auckland City from New Zealand.

Two more teams remain to the introduced, including the team that will organise the tournament and the winner of the AFC Champions League. Japanese side Urawa is one of the finalists, but it remains to be seen who go up against them in the coveted competition.

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Real Madrid News

25-year-old ‘impeccable’ star viewed as the leader of the Real Madrid defence



Photo by Florencia Tan Jun/Getty Images

According to MARCA, Eder Militao is seen as the undisputed leader of the Real Madrid defence, thanks to his ‘impeccable’ level of performances. The 25-year-old’s standing in the team has forced a duel between David Alaba and Antonio Rudiger for the second centre-back slot.

Militao arrived at Real Madrid in the summer of 2019, joining from FC Porto in a deal worth €50 million. While he made a slow start to life in Spain, the Brazilian slowly grew in stature from his second season at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Following the exits of Sergio Ramos and Raphael Varane, Militao established himself as a permanent fixture in the backline for the Merengues and was a standout performer last season as they won the La Liga title and the UEFA Champions League trophy.

The 25-year-old has carried on in the same vein of form this season as well, featuring in 35 matches across all competitions for Real Madrid, even chipping in with six goals.

The Brazilian international is seen as one of the best centre-backs in the world currently, with Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti sharing that opinion.

“I may lose credibility if I say Vinicius and Militão are the best striker and defender in the world respectively but it’s the truth. I am honest. Militão lacks nothing,” he had said last month.

Militao is not only viewed as the leader of the Real Madrid defence, but has also grown into a leader within the locker room as well, with the player being loved and fully supported by his teammates.

Militao’s presence has meant that Alaba and Rudiger have had to battle it out for the lone centre-back slot. The former had enjoyed a stunning season last time out after joining from Bayern Munich in 2021, but has struggled with injuries and fitness problems this term.

As for Rudiger, the German arrived last summer from Chelsea and started out slow, but has grown in confidence and stature, especially in recent months. So much so that, his signing is already being regarded as a success within the club.

In Militao, Real Madrid undoubtedly have a long-term fixture at the heart of the defence. But with Rudiger and Alaba in their thirties, the Merengues must look to bring in one more player who can take over from them in the near future and can form a partnership with Militao.

Continue Reading