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Real Madrid president talks Benzema, Courtois, Vinicius, Mbappe, Haaland, El Clasico

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Monday was a special night for Real Madrid as they saw club captain Karim Benzema lift the 2022 Ballon d’Or award. Along with that, key superstar Thibaut Courtois also won the Yashin Trophy for the Best Goalkeeper in Europe.

Club president Florentino Perez was in a jubilant mood after the Ballon d’Or ceremony as he spoke to El Larguero (h/t AS) about the success of his players at the gala on Monday night.

“At last Benzema has his due as the best player in the world. He has deserved it for years because he is the best in the last three or four years,” Perez said about the 2022 Ballon d’Or winner.

Highlighting the qualities of the French centre-forward, the Real Madrid president said: “He’s a nine, a mix of Ronaldo and Zidane, he does those two jobs at the same time. He is a crack. He moves the lead like Zidane did and shoots on goal like Ronaldo Nazario did.”

“There was Figo, there was Zidane, there was Ronaldo and there was Benzema and we all took a picture together. Four figures, for me it has enormous sentimental value. There are four Ballon d’Ors,” he added talking about the Ballon d’Or winners he has signed at the club.

Thibaut Courtois was upset about his Ballon d’Or ranking despite enjoying a stunning campaign last time out. He went on to add that it was impossible for a goalkeeper to win the coveted award.

Perez, though, believes that the Belgian has what it takes to win the honour, saying: “Courtois is the best goalkeeper in the world and maybe you have to be patient because he could be in the future.”

On his thoughts about Manchester City being named the best team of the year ahead of Real Madrid, Perez said: “Well, we congratulate them, they have a great president, a great coach and good players. They are a great club, there are no buts to put on it”.

On Real Madrid’s win over Barcelona in El Clasico, he said: “There’s so much left, it’s not a decisive game. It is always better to win than to lose. A Clasico is a Clasico, a lot of people see it and it has a lot of prestige.”

When asked if he is bored by the rumours of Kylian Mbappe being linked to Real Madrid, he added: “It’s not that I’m bored, it’s that I don’t even read it. We had a good summer. Now it doesn’t make any sense. 

“Players are now making spectacular progress up front. Rodrygo and Vinicius are two cracks,” he said, before stating the duo, along with several other youngsters from Real Madrid could win the Ballon d’Or in the future.

“Sure, I see them both as Ballon d’Ors, we have to see how they evolve. Real Madrid only looks at the players they have and it’s not bad for us. Camavinga, Valverde, Militao Tchouameni… youngsters with a promising future,” Perez insisted.

Erling Haaland has also been linked heavily with Real Madrid. There have been reports that he has a €200 million release clause in his Manchester City contract which clubs outside of England can trigger in 2024.

When asked if he was aware of the existence of such a clause, he said: “I have no idea, I say again that we have the best players in the world.”

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Video – Barcelona fans chant ‘Vinicius d*e’ ahead of their UCL clash

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In what is starting to become an alarmingly common occurrence, a set of Barcelona fans were spotted hurling abusive chants towards Real Madrid superstar Vinicius Jr.

Barça will be facing PSG in the UEFA Champions League quarterfinal today in less than an hour and in the lead-up to the game, a section of the Catalans’ supporters were seen chanting “Vinicius, die” on the streets.

It is not the first time this has happened, with Vinicius being constantly targeted by not only Barcelona fans but supporters of a number of other La Liga clubs.

In fact, last month, Barcelona fans were seen hurling the same chants before their UEFA Champions League Round of 16 tie against Napoli.

The same had happened outside Estadi Olimpic Lluis Companys in Montjuic prior to the Clasico in October last year.

Moreover, this past weekend, a Mallorca fan at Son Moix directed racist abuse towards Vinicius’ Real Madrid teammate, Aurelien Tchouameni.

It is shocking and embarrassing that these incidents continue to occur. It remains to be seen if any action is taken by the concerned authorities against those involved.

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