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Karim Benzema picks six former Real Madrid players in his ideal all-time starting lineup



Real Madrid are a club recognized for harboring some of the biggest talents in world football, but some go on to create legacies that last far beyond their time at the club, leaving a mark on the history of the sport and cementing their status as football legends.

Karim Benzema is one such player, having achieved innumerable accolades in the Spanish capital.

After 14 trophy-laden years, Benzema departed to Saudi club Al-Ittihad last summer with the player deciding to spend the final years of his career in the Middle East.

Benzema chooses his ideal XI

Now, the Frenchman has revealed his dream lineup, (h/t RM4Arab) crafting an XI formidable enough to send a chill down the spine of any opposition team.

In attack, he went with a two-striker set-up, pairing himself with the legendary Ronaldo Nazario, who also created history at Real Madrid.

In midfield, the 35-year-old went with some big names, with Ballon d’Or winners Zinedine Zidane and Ronaldinho berthed as the advanced central midfielders.

Behind them, Benzema opted for the poise of Paul Pogba and the brilliance of Claude Makélélé in the base of midfield.

The back-line largely comprised of Real Madrid teammates he once shared a pitch with, naming a defense that would prove to be incredibly hard to penetrate.

Sergio Ramos and Pepe occupied the two center-back positions with the duo acknowledged as one of Real Madrid’s greatest CB pairings.

The full-back positions ooze similar quality, as Benzema elects two of Brazil’s greatest players. Marcelo takes ownership of the left-back spot, while Barcelona legend Dani Alves is berthed on the right.

Finally, guarding the sticks, Benzema goes for Manuel Neuer, who has cemented his status as one of the greatest goalkeepers of all time.

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Real Madrid superstar reveals how advice from Brazil legend helped him improve



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Even with all the excitement around Kylian Mbappe, it is Vinicius Junior, who continues to be Real Madrid’s biggest star.

In the past few years, the Brazilian has witnessed substantial growth, notably establishing himself as one of the best players in world football.

Vinicius’ rapid rise to prominence has been backed by numbers as well, with the forward racking up 82 goals and 75 assists in 262 competitive matches for Real Madrid.

Vinicius on receiving advice from Ronaldo

In a recent media interaction, Vinicius Junior, when talking about his success at Real Madrid, revealed that the forward constantly receives advice from his compatriot and former Real Madrid legend Ronaldo.

Vinicius particularly pointed out Ronaldo’s advice in 1v1 situations and how it has helped him improve in such scenarios.

“Ronaldo always calls me and gives me advice, he teaches me so many things. Since he told me that his favourite thing is a 1v1 vs a GK, I thought about it a lot and started working on it really hard,” Vinicius said (h/t Madrid Zone).

Ronaldo regularly speaks with Vinicius. (Photo by ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP via Getty Images)

“Now, every time I’m in a 1v1 with a GK, I’m the calmest guy in the world. Ever since that conversation with Ronaldo, I stopped being afraid of making mistakes in a 1v1,” the forward added.

Vinicius has indeed witnessed an improvement in his 1v1 play in recent years, which has been reflected in his higher goalscoring numbers.

This season, the forward has netted 23 goals in all competitions while racking up 11 assists. His goalscoring prowess, coupled with his ability in 1v1 situations could prove to be critical as Real Madrid take on Borussia Dortmund in the UEFA Champions League final next month.

The Brazilian international, though, will be up against a challenging defensive duo of Mats Hummels and Nico Schlotterbeck, who have been able to keep the opposition attacks quiet this season.

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