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Official: Five Real Madrid stars included in La Liga team of the season

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With just two matches remaining before the season comes to an end, EA Sports has officially released the 2023/24 La Liga Team of the Season.

As the runaway title winners, Real Madrid players, needless, to say have dominated this team that comprises some of the top performers in La Liga this season.

Five Real Madrid players in La Liga TOTS

As a matter of fact, a total of five Real Madrid players have been included in La Liga’s Team of the Season, the club confirmed on X.

Perhaps a more surprising thing was the inclusion of three Barcelona players in the lineup, including Robert Lewandowski, who has been in patchy form this season.

Shifting focus back to Real Madrid, the defensive duo of Antonio Rudiger and Dani Carvajal have both been included in La Liga’s Team of the Season.

Rudiger has been one of the best-performing centre-backs in La Liga this term, playing a crucial role alongside Carvajal in helping Los Blancos register the best defensive record in the league.

Moving on in midfield, Federico Valverde and Jude Bellingham make the Team of the Season as well, with Bellingham, in particular, emerging as Real Madrid’s standout performer.

With 19 goals and six assists in 27 league matches, Bellingham is also a top contender for the Ballon d’Or award. Valverde, too, has impressed, racking up two goals and seven assists.

Finally, Vinicius Junior completes the list after yet another extraordinary campaign for Real Madrid, where he scored 15 goals while mustering six assists. Vinicius, too, is a strong Ballon d’Or contender, alongside his teammate Bellingham.

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Spain midfielder credits Real Madrid assistant manager for career success

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Spain’s European Championship campaign so far has been one filled with revelations. From young Lamine Yamal and Nico Williams on the wings to the ever-so-solid midfield, La Roja have impressed across the park and have taken the tournament by storm.

One such player who has played a critical role for the team despite not being in many pundits’ squad for the tournament is Fabian Ruiz. The PSG midfielder has been sensational for Luis de la Fuente’s men so far, scoring once and providing one assist in two games.

Despite not having any direct links with Real Madrid, the Spanish midfielder interestingly credits Davide Ancelotti for his success and AS brings the story.

A chapter in Naples

Fabian Ruiz may have never played for Los Blancos in his career so far, but he crossed paths with the Ancelottis in Naples a few years ago.

Ruiz signed for the Italian club from Real Betis in 2018 for a fee of €30 million. At the time, he was not known widely and was just seen as another routine Spanish midfielder aspiring to make it big.

As revealed by the player in a recent interview, however, it was Carlo Ancelotti’s son and Real Madrid assistant manager Davide Ancelotti who first saw the spark in him.

“Meeting him was a very important step in my career. From the beginning, he backed me, and it was not easy to pay what Napoli paid for me, a player who had not played much in La Liga with Betis.”

“If it weren’t for him, I wouldn’t be here. I have a very good relationship and friendship with him,” he added.

Fabian Ruiz credits Davide Ancelotti for his success. (Photo by GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images)

A special eye

Ruiz’s comments on Davide Ancelotti only make it clearer as to why Carlo Ancelotti holds his son’s advice in high regard. It is, after all, a testament to the tactician’s keen eye for special talent.

As revealed earlier this year, it was the manager’s son who suggested Joselu’s substitution against Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League semifinals when the team was on the brink of elimination.

What happened next was history as the veteran scored twice within minutes to turn the game around and send the Bavarians crashing out.

Davide has been rumoured to be interested in walking his own path soon as a specialist coach, but as it stands, will continue working under his father for at least one more year at Real Madrid.

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