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Real Madrid duo set to receive awards at the AFE Gala next month

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The association of Spanish footballers (AFE) is set to hold their showpiece gala at the start of next month, where they are expected to announce all the best players of the 2021/22 campaign throughout all the divisions of Spanish football.

The association has chosen the winners through a vote conducted by the respective members of the group. According to a report from MARCA, Real Madrid superstar Karim Benzema is in contention to win the Best Player of La Liga.

Widely regarded as one of the favourites to win the Ballon d’Or later this year, Benzema was one of the top performers of the 2021/22 La Liga campaign, bagging 27 goals and 12 assists.

The Frenchman’s performances in front of goal were critical in helping Real Madrid clinch the league title from the hands of their cross-town rivals Atletico Madrid.

Benzema is not the only Real Madrid player likely to be honoured in this showpiece AFE gala, with Sergio Arribas also set to win the best player of RFEF (Group two) award.

Arribas is one of the most gifted talents to come out of the Real Madrid academy in recent years, with the youngster currently serving as the creator-in-chief for the Castilla side. With four goals and two assists, he has emerged as a key player for the reserve team.

Arribas being crowned the best player of the RFEF Group II could go a long way in helping him make a case for earning a promotion to the senior side in the near future.

The attacking playmaker has already raised many eyebrows with his performances in the lower divisions. And it will be interesting to see whether Carlo Ancelotti formally accommodates him as part of the first team anytime soon.

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Real Madrid superstar drawing inspiration from win vs Barcelona ahead of Man City showdown

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Real Madrid players will be pumped up as they take on Manchester City on Wednesday, in the second leg of the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals.

Real Madrid face a daunting task of beating Man City at the Etihad, after drawing 3-3 in the first leg. It must be noted that Los Blancos do not have a good record against Man City, losing twice in their last three meetings.

Vinicius Jr. pumped to defeat Man City

Despite the might of the opposition, confidence and optimism remain high in the Real Madrid camp, with Vinicius Jr., in particular, determined to defeat Man City, reports MARCA.

The Brazilian considers Man City as their main rival, especially given the way Real Madrid have performed against the English champions in recent years.

In the last three meetings between these two sides, Man City have won twice in 2020 and 2023, while Real Madrid secured a majestic victory in 2022.

Man City certainly have the home advantage heading into this fixture, but their might could be tested against a Real Madrid side keen on proving a point.

Vinicius determined to defeat Man City. (Photo by Aitor Alcalde/Getty Images)

Vinicius takes Barça win as a reference

Vinicius Jr.’s hopes of defeating Man City and reaching the semifinal stage have been reinforced by the belief that the club can turn things around, just as they did against Barcelona last season.

Back in April 2023, Real Madrid and Barcelona locked horns in the semifinal of the Copa Del Rey. Real Madrid succumbed to a 0-1 defeat in the first leg and required a turnaround in the second leg at Camp Nou.

Sure enough, Real Madrid players stepped up to the plate and secured a majestic 4-0 victory to secure a place in the Copa Del Rey final. Vinicius and Karim Benzema, in particular, were the star performers for Los Blancos.

Although one would expect Man City to offer a much tougher fight, Vinicius remains confident of the club’s ability to stage a turnaround, as the two teams lock horns on Wednesday.

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