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Real Madrid legend lashes out at Lionel Messi over Champions League comments

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Real Madrid legend Guti took a jibe at former Barcelona and current Paris Saint-Germain forward Lionel Messi, saying that the evaluation of being the best is done on the basis of wins and nothing else.

The former Real Madrid midfielder, who made more than 500 appearances for the Spanish capital club while winning five La Liga and three UEFA Champions League titles, responded to Messi’s comments where the Argentine had said how PSG were the better team than Madrid in the last season’s Champions League knockout stages.

“Last year’s elimination was very difficult to digest because of how it happened, we had played two great games against Real Madrid and in small details we missed it,” the legendary forward had said.

“Champions League is a difficult competition to win because the best team does not always win and it is decided by small details, any mistake leaves you out of a tie, but we are preparing for those hard times now,” he had added.

Responding to these comments, Guti questioned Messi’s claims by asking how does someone evaluate being the best. He said that PSG got two fair chances and that should have been enough to assert the claim.

“What is it to be the best? How do you evaluate being the best? When? In one match, in one knockout round, in three knockout rounds…?” Guti responded on El Chiringuito, quoted by MARCA.

The first leg of the Round of 16 tie of last season’s UEFA Champions League between Real Madrid and PSG saw Kylian Mbappe’s only goal being the difference. The second leg at Santiago Bernabeu, however, saw Madrid turning the tide, with Karim Benzema scoring a 17-minute hat-trick.

The Merengues went on to beat Chelsea and Manchester City in a similar fashion before getting the better of Liverpool in the final to lift their 14th European crown.

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Real Madrid midfield starlet attracting interest from half the teams in La Liga

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Real Madrid youngster Mario Martin finds himself at an interesting juncture in his fledgeling career.

The midfield prospect is well-liked at the club after impressing with Castilla in the past two seasons while first-team manager Carlo Ancelotti is also an admirer of the player.

While Martin seems to have reached the end of his cycle in Castilla, a spot in the first-team squad is not necessarily available right away, unless Dani Ceballos ends up leaving.

Plenty of interest in Mario Martin

Now, The Athletic reports that Mario Martin is a player in demand in La Liga with half the teams in the Spanish top flight eager to sign him up this summer.

As has already been reported, Real Valladolid and RCD Espanyol are understood to have shown a strong interest in the 20-year-old midfield talent.

Mario Martin is in demand in La Liga. (Photo by JOSE JORDAN/AFP via Getty Images)

However, it appears that there are a plethora of other clubs in La Liga who would be happy to sign Martin from Real Madrid in the current transfer window.

Martin wants to stay

But, the report states Martin is leaning towards staying put at Real Madrid at this point even though the prospects of regular first-team minutes are highly unlikely.

The 20-year-old, who has made four senior appearances for Los Blancos thus far, has a contract that runs until the summer of 2026.

Real Madrid, for their part, are not necessarily ruling out a sale provided a good offer comes along.

Even if they do part ways with Martin, the Spanish capital club would very much likely insert an affordable buyback clause as they have been doing in recent times for departing youth players.

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