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Portugal’s World Cup hat-trick hero can succeed Benzema at Real Madrid, claims ex-coach

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Portugal booked their place in the quarter-finals of the FIFA World Cup 2022 yesterday, thanks to a stunning 6-1 win over Switzerland. And it was Goncalo Ramos who stole the limelight, grabbing a brilliant hat-trick on his first-ever start for the national team.

Portugal manager Fernando Santos made a huge call before kickoff, as he opted to bench his captain and former Real Madrid superstar, Cristiano Ronaldo, in favour of Ramos. And the decision paid off handsomely, with the 21-year-old rising to the occasion.

The SL Benfica ace’s hat-trick meant that he now has more World Cup knockout goals than Ronaldo, despite having played just one such game.

Ramos is a product of Benfica’s youth academy and has grown into a vital player for the first-team setup, bagging 28 goals and ten assists. He has been directly involved in 20 goals in 21 matches in the 2022/23 season for his club and has carried that form to the World Cup.

And, one of Ramos’ former coaches at the Benfica youth team, Joao Fonseca, has claimed that the young Portuguese could be the ideal player to act as the deputy to Karim Benzema at Real Madrid before taking over from the Frenchman.

Talking in an interview with Luca Bendoni for GianlucaDiMarzio.com, Fonseca said: “It is precisely at Real Madrid that I would see Ramos well: for me, he is the perfect deputy for Benzema, with a view to a future passing on of the baton.”

Benzema will be turning 35 in a couple of weeks and has had injury problems of late. So, Real Madrid need to start planning for the future, especially given that they do not have a proper quality centre-forward as backup for the Frenchman currently.

Brazilian prodigy Endrick is set to sign for Los Blancos imminently, although he will not be arriving at the club until 2024 when he turns 18.

With Ramos making the world take notice of his abilities in the game against Switzerland, it will be interesting to see if Real Madrid do explore the possibility of a move for the 21-year-old, who, along with Endrick, could form a long-term centre-forward unit at the club.

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Kylian Mbappe wants to be presented as new Real Madrid player before Euro 2024 – report

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According to a report from El Chiringuito TV, Paris Saint-Germain superstar Kylian Mbappe wants to be presented as the new Real Madrid player before the beginning of UEFA Euro 2024.

It is to be noted that Euro commences on June 14, a mere 13 days after this season’s UEFA Champions League final.

Now, PSG will have their commitment in Ligue 1 until May 18, and depending on their performance in the Champions League, they will officially end their 2023/24 campaign.

At best, if it ends in May itself, Mbappe can see his dream turning into reality but if the French team somehow reaches the UCL final, the French superstar will have to report for international duty soon after

Mbappe is extremely close to becoming the Real Madrid player after it emerged that the forward and the team are closing in on an agreement over image rights

As such, there would not be any fee involved in the transfer since Mbappe will move as a free agent, but as reported before, the team from the Spanish capital will pay him an extravagant signing-on bonus expected to be around €120-150 million.

How can Real Madrid pull this off?

Kylian Mbappe is close to joining Real Madrid. (Photo by ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT/AFP via Getty Images)

As of today, both Real Madrid and Mbappe are working on the final details of the contract. While it is assumed that he would earn a fixed salary of €14 million each season in addition to €30 million in bonuses, there remains a disparity regarding his image rights.

At PSG, Mbappe holds 100% of his image rights but Madrid have a policy that has only been mended once when a certain Cristiano Ronaldo joined from Manchester United in 2009.

Ever since the Galacticos era, Madrid have reserved 50% of the player’s image rights, but in the case of Mbappe, the team from the Spanish capital is okay with having just 20% of it as even that would churn in big money.

Once these details are sorted, Real Madrid can make the official announcement of the deal in collaboration with PSG. Once this is done, everyone will wait for PSG to end their campaign and depending on that, Mbappe will arrange his travel to Madrid.

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