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Real Madrid icon backs two current stars to win the Ballon d’Or in the future

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In his four-year spell at Real Madrid, Clarence Seedorf made a significant impact on the field. The Dutch legend is widely seen as one of the greatest midfielders in the history of the game for his finesse and dominance on the ball, and his spell at the Santiago Bernabeu exemplified it.

The former player won one Champions League trophy and a La Liga title during his stint in Spain, but eventually moved to Inter Milan in January 2000.

Earlier this week, Seedorf spoke about the players in the current crop who he sees winning the prestigious Ballon d’Or in the next five years.

And the Real Madrid icon named two current Los Blancos’ stars, Vinicius Jr and Federico Valverde, as possible candidates, along with Manchester City mainstay Kevin De Bruyne.

“Three players I can see winning the Ballon d’Or in the future are Vinicius Jr, De Bruyne & Fede Valverde if he scores more goals and plays as a midfielder,” he said, as revealed by Pitchside.

It is not surprising that two of his three picks are Real Madrid stars. After all, Los Blancos’ stunning consistency in the Champions League places its players well in the race for individual awards.

Vinicius Jr has slowly, but surely, become the player in the spotlight for the Merengues in recent years. As the banner-man of the club, the chance of him lifting the trophy soon is significantly higher than the others on the list.

Valverde, meanwhile, could emulate Luka Modric’s path and become one of the few midfielders to win the Ballon d’Or. After all, playing in the middle of the park does not limit him from making a profound impact in front of the goal.

Florentino Perez has built an impeccable team that can dominate world football for at least the next decade. Players like Jude Bellingham, Rodrygo, Vinicius Jr, Eduardo Camavinga and Valverde form a strong foundation, and Kylian Mbappe’s potential arrival would be the perfect cherry on the cake.

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Real Madrid teenage talent faces uncertain future following increase in competition

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Journalist Jordi Gil has reported through SPORT that Arda Guler’s situation at Real Madrid is becoming increasingly difficult. 

This is because Guler is unhappy with the lack of playing time he experienced last season and is determined not to spend another season on the bench.

During the recently concluded Euro 2024, Guler demonstrated his immense talent to the world. This competition gave him the platform to showcase his abilities, which had largely remained unseen during the season at Real Madrid. 

He only featured in a few games towards the end of the season, which were inconsequential as Real Madrid had already secured the league title.

Guler has injuries to blame

Guler’s troubles began early last season when he suffered an injury during the American tour. This setback, combined with the challenge of adapting to a new language and style of football, made it difficult for him to find his footing. 

Although Carlo Ancelotti tried to support him mentally, he did not provide Guler with enough opportunities to play.

Arda Guler wants to have more game time.(Photo by JORGE GUERRERO/AFP via Getty Images)

The youngest is now determined not to let history repeat itself. He is willing to force a move, possibly through a loan, if he does not get more playing time, even though Real Madrid want him in the first team

This situation could escalate if Guler continues to see himself as the last option in the squad. Milan and Bayer Leverkusen have already expressed interest in him.

Guler is way down the pecking order

Currently, Guler is behind several high-profile players in the pecking order. Stars like Kylian Mbappe, Vinicius Jr, and Rodrygo are ahead of him. 

Additionally, Brahim Diaz has the edge, and in midfield, Guler faces competition from Jude Bellingham. Breaking into the starting lineup seems like an almost impossible task at the moment, even though he proved his worth at the Euros.

Meanwhile, it is said that Florentino Perez has great faith in him. Perez wants to see Guler succeed at Real Madrid, but the challenge now lies with Ancelotti in managing the team. 

Benching established stars to give playing time to a young prospect like Guler could create tension in the dressing room.

Real Madrid have a surplus of attacking options. The arrival of Mbappe has brought renewed hope to Real Madrid fans, but the significant investment in the French star might disrupt the harmony within the squad that Ancelotti has worked hard to maintain. 

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