Karim Benzema has been otherwordly for Real Madrid this season, carrying the team through even on their worst nights. It is no coincidence that Los Blancos‘ poorest results have come in the Frenchman’s absence.
To score two hattricks in consecutive games is no small feat. To do it against sides with the quality of Paris-Saint Germain and Chelsea requires something very special.
According to GOAL‘s power rankings, Benzema is now the favourite to win the Ballon d’Or. He is placed at the top of the current rankings, ahead of the likes of Mohammed Salah, Kylian Mbappe, and Robert Lewandowski.
The veteran striker has 24 goals and 11 assists in just 27 league games this season. In the Champions League, he has scored 11 goals and provided one assist in just eight games.
Needless to say, Benzema is one of the best players in the world right now. His rise began after Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure from Real Madrid, and the world is now witnessing his peak.
Three Real Madrid players feature in the top ten of the Ballon d’Or rankings. While Benzema is first, Luka Modric stands at fifth and Vinicius Jr at eighth position.
Moreover, two Real Madrid targets, Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland sit at fourth and 20th respectively.
Needless to say, Carlo Ancelotti will be counting on Benzema to strike again when Los Blancos take on Chelsea tonight. The game at the Bernabeu will determine who progresses to the semifinals of the prestigious event.
Real Madrid forward set for talks with Arsenal this week – report
With less than six months left on his contract, Marco Asensio looks to be on his way out of Real Madrid very soon. The Spaniard has not yet started talks to extend his contract with the Spanish giants, which has garnered the eyes from several top clubs across Europe.
One of the clubs interested in his signature happens to be Premier League leaders Arsenal. Mikel Arteta is said to be a fan of the player, and will try to be bring him to North London on a free transfer this summer.
According to Mirror, Asensio’s agents will fly to London this week to get an a better understanding Arsenal’s interest in the player. Talks are scheduled with Arsenal, among possibly other clubs.
Asensio’s priority remains to extend with Arsenal, but not at ‘any cost’. The winger is looking for raise with his new contract to go along with a four-year deal. The report states that he currently earns around €130,000 per week at Madrid.
The 27-year-old has been waiting for an official offer from Los Blancos for a while, but the club will wait for March or April before taking a decision on his extension.
Asensio took a while to grow important for Carlo Ancelotti this season, but has been featuring regularly on the right-wing lately. He even scored in 2-0 win against Valencia in midweek, taking his tally to two for the season, excluding three assists as well.
Arsenal are definitely looking to add more firepower to their squad for next season, having already brought in Leandro Trossard in the winter. Asensio could serve as the perfect backup to Bukayo Saka, who has been in incredible form all season.