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.
La Liga president says Real Madrid won’t have issues with Mbappe salary, praises Bellingham: “Best in the world”
Javier Tebas may be at war with Florentino Perez over the Super League, but the La Liga president has always been a vocal supporter of Real Madrid.
Not too long ago, he spoke extensively about Real Madrid’s possible signings of Kylian Mbappe and Alphonso Davies, going as far as to state that the Frenchman might have already signed a deal with Los Blancos.
Speaking at the Football Business Summit in London recently, Tebas once again unravelled many questions about Real Madrid’s financial situations while also touching upon Kylian Mbappe and Jude Bellingham.
On finances and Mbappe
He began by praising Los Blancos for navigating their finances with utmost caution during the crucial years of the pandemic in addition to their splendid revenue generation as revealed by Mundo Deportivo.
“Real Madrid have had a very optimal management, before, during and after the pandemic. Madrid have been earning an average of €30 million per year in the last ten years at least.”
“I don’t know what they are going to pay Mbappé, but knowing their financial situation, they are not going to have a problem paying him. I think it will be much less than what PSG pays him,” he added on the speculated arrival of Mbappe.
Speaking about how Real Madrid are able to make such massive signings while other clubs in the league continue to struggle to meet La Liga’s spending limits, the league president said,
“They have removed two large salary burdens in recent years, Eden Hazard and Gareth Bale. And then they incorporated players with not-so-high investments.
“Real Madrid have then had great benefits, they achieved a significant reduction in the salaries of the players.”
Tebas further stressed the fact that Real Madrid’s financial situation was so rosy that they could invest massive amounts in squad reinforcements without facing any repercussions for the same. He insisted that it was not a bias in any way but a reward for a team that managed situations well.
“We can’t limit the one who is doing well. According to January data, Madrid could invest €700 million euros in transfers. They will not spend that at all, but the situation is so good that they could.”
Praise for Bellingham
Finally, the Spanish administrator praised Real Madrid star Jude Bellingham for his imperious form this season and went as far as to call him the best player in the world.
“Bellingham is currently the best player in the world, for his fitness and his way of playing. It is very important for us to have the best, even if you don’t always have everyone, to grow and for everything.”
“If we are all honest, he has exceeded everyone’s expectations and we hope that he will continue like this for many years,” he concluded.