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Former Real Madrid star Denis Cheryshev talks Ronaldo, Benzema, Bellingham, Vinicius, Rodrygo

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A product of Real Madrid’s youth academy, Denis Cheryshev debuted in 2009 for the reserves and in 2012 with the first team. He then had loan stints at Valencia, Sevilla, and Villarreal before joining the latter permanently in June 2019.

Now, talking ahead of the Merengues’ encounter against Villarreal this Sunday, the Russian left-winger opened up about the upcoming affair, his time at Real Madrid, and the team’s current state.

Having plied his trade for both Spanish sides, Cheryshev will be in a difficult spot choosing allegiances. He was asked whether in the match between Real Madrid and Villarreal he will support anyone, to which he replied:

“I have a lot of appreciation for both teams. I want Real Madrid to win the league, that’s clear to me; but if Villarreal can win this match, that will be good, because they need the points more. And because Marcelino returned to the club.”

Cheryshev was privileged to have kicked a ball alongside some of the greatest icons to have ever graced the game. As such, he was asked if being a teammate of Cristiano, Benzema, Kaka, or Xabi Alonso, had a special mark on him.

“Before I became a professional when I went on the field as a member of the youth team, I admired Guti for his ability to change games when he sat on the bench. Then I met him in some training with Pellegrini and I was amazed by his quality.”

“Later I met Ozil, who was similar to him because of the tremendous quality he had. Cristiano clearly makes an impact and I liked Benzema because he was not selfish at all despite his great talent,” he answered.

A hot topic among journalists and fans, Kylian Mbappe was brought up in the interview. The 32-year-old was quizzed if Los Blancos needs him with two top left-wingers, Vinicius Jr and Rodrygo, already at the club.

“It is difficult to say no to Mbappe, but if he is going to replace Joselu, with whom I coincided for two years at Castilla, it is better not to do it (laughs). I have a lot of affection for him I want him to keep scoring goals.” he expressed.

Shedding light on the two Brazilian wingers, Cheryshev acknowledged Vinicius and Rodrygo as players two steps ahead of their peers.

Replying to who he would choose as the best player in the world, he said:
“I am excited about Rodrygo, he is exceptional and I also love Vinicius. They are both one step ahead of the rest, and they seem to have other things.”

Finally, giving his roses to the Golden Boy winner and the man who can not stop feasting in the final, Cheryshev argued Bellingham could easily become the top scorer of the league at this rate.

“He is like a phenomenon. He beats them all as soon as they arrive. He plays with enthusiasm, it is clear that his teammates trust him and this gives him more confidence. He is a great attacker and if he continues like this, he can become the top scorer in the league. Sure.”

Source: AS

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  1. Mandla

    December 16, 2023 at 2:03 pm

    Excellent evaluations and analysis. Wonderful comments

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‘It’s a beautiful thing’ – Real Madrid megastar raring to play his sixth UCL final

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Real Madrid’s most crucial endeavour of the season edges closer as they gear up to take Borussia Dortmund in the UEFA Champions League final.

Emotions are sure to be running high not only because of the monumental occasion; but also because a certain Toni Kroos will be playing his final game in the royal white jersey.

The German will be parting ways after enjoying 10 trophy-filled seasons and will aim to add another to his illustrious cabinet before he travels to Germany for the Euros in what will officially be his last rodeo in professional football.

Now, speaking in the build-up to the grand showdown with Borussia, Kroos has given his two cents on the team’s preparation and the morale inside the locker room.

On the upcoming Champions League final

Kroos acknowledged it felt incredible to play his sixth final for the Merengues, but claimed none of this success would have been possible without the efforts of a cohesive team.

“My sixth final? It’s a beautiful thing. I was lucky to play for a team that was able to achieve these successes.

“I am part of this, but I do not like to be alone, there is always the team. Without a team, it is impossible to do this,” Kroos remarked during an interview with RMTV.

Additionally, the German midfielder argued that Real Madrid were in high spirits today and they have the potential to surprise people.

“Today I saw everyone enjoying and looking forward to. The final is on Saturday. There is a competitor that may surprise some people.”

Kroos will play his last game for Real Madrid on Saturday. (Photo by THOMAS COEX/AFP via Getty Images)

Furthermore, Kroos is eager to close his Real Madrid career on a high and claims this will be his last effort before riding off into the sunset.

“This will be my last effort for Real Madrid. Hala Madrid,” he exclaimed.

On his farewell game

Kroos played his final game at the Santiago Bernabeu against Real Betis recently, and his emotional substitution in the 86th minute marked a poignant farewell.

As Kroos came off the pitch, he confessed that seeing his daughter cry was a difficult pill to swallow and he will carry these special moments till the very end.

“I tried not to cry on Saturday but when I saw my daughter cry it changed. It was very difficult for me. I will never forget these moments. I will remember forever, my children and my wife too,” he said.

The 34-year-old also mentioned that whenever he feels like experiencing a tear-jerker, he will take a trip down memory lane by looking at the farewell pictures.

“Saturday was the night of a lifetime. If one day at home I want to cry, I will look at the farewell pictures.”

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