Karim Benzema’s epic legend was established on the Wednesday night when his decisive penalty snatched the victory right out of Manchester City’s jaws in the added minute of the semi-final clash.
For someone to bear the pressure of the situation, what you need is a composed head on the shoulder. The penalty certainly sent Ederson Moares the wrong way, but the story could have been entirely different if what El Golazo de Gol is saying is true.
According to what the aforementioned outlet says, Benzema offered Rodrygo to take the all-important penalty since the 21-year-old Brazilian was on a hat-trick.
Rodrygo’s substitution came at an expense of Toni Kross in the 68th minute, with the team still reeling to find a breakthrough.
Five minutes later, however, City opened the scoring through Riyad Mahrez and just when it all seemed lost, Madrid rose from the ashes to score two goals in as many minutes.
The likes of Karim Benzema and Marco Asensio played their part in the build-up, while Rodrygo proved out to be the impact sub Carlo Ancelotti was hoping to bring.
With the teams now level on aggregate score, the game headed in the added minutes and the crowd went into a sheer frenzy when Karim Benzema was brought down in the penalty area.
Referee was quick to point to the spot and Benzema indeed delivered, but his first words were to offer Rodrygo a chance to complete his Real Madrid hat-trick.
Given the gravity of the situation, however, Rodrygo rejected the chance and the Frenchman was tasked to do the honour and he did it with mere perfection.
The veteran forward, who scored his 15th goal of the ongoing Champions League campaign, calmly slotted a powerful penalty to his right while Ederson jumped on the other side.
Something extraordinary panned out in front of a rapturous Bernabeu crowd, but one cannot deny the sheer delirium of even those watching on their TV sets, as Madrid made their way to another UCL final and in some extraordinary style.
UFC Champion to kick off Real Madrid vs Sevilla, sends message to Mbappe: “Lucky to play for the best club in the world”
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).
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.