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Real Madrid legend includes latest wonderkid signing in his ‘dream XI’

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Real Madrid have roped in Arda Guler from Fenerbahce recently, with the youngster signing a six-year contract. He is set to become the latest addition to the club’s creative unit.

Guler was very close to joining Barcelona, but the youngster ultimately ended up joining the ranks at Real Madrid. As the Turk looks to kickstart this new chapter at Santiago Bernabeu, it appears he has made it to Mesut Ozil’s dream XI, albeit as one of the substitutes.

The former Real Madrid playmaker has recently unveiled his ideal team, featuring himself, along with some of his ex-Real Madrid teammates.

Karim Benzema, for one, leads the strikeforce in Ozil’s dream XI, with support from Cristiano Ronaldo. Ozil’s former Arsenal teammate Alexis Sanchez also features in the team, along with Santi Cazorla.

It must be noted that Ozil’s dream XI consists only of players he has played with. Arda Guler is no exception, with the youngster briefly playing alongside the German during their time together at Fenerbahce.

In fact, Ozil’s eventual move to Istanbul Basaksehir last summer might have played a key role in helping Guler receive regular first-team opportunities at Fenerbahce. The youngster, as a result, ended the season with 13 goal involvements in all competitions.

Guler’s inclusion in Ozil’s dream XI underscores the faith the German has in the young Turk. It is also indicative of the player’s immense potential, which he will look to realise during his stint at Real Madrid in the years to come.

Meanwhile, apart from Benzema and Ronaldo, a few other ex-Real Madrid stars also feature in Ozil’s team, including Xabi Alonso, Marcelo and Sergio Ramos.

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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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