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Real Madrid ‘surprised’ by the low Ballon d’Or rankings of superstar trio – report

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Karim Benzema made headlines by becoming only the second player after Luka Modric to secure the Ballon d’Or crown apart from Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo since 2007.

The event, in fact, was dominated by Real Madrid players, with Vinicius Junior ranking eighth, Modric ranking ninth and Thibaut Courtois finishing seventh in the final list.

Although Courtois was handed the prestigious Yashin trophy for being the best-performing goalkeeper in Europe, a report from Diario AS (h/t Madrid Xtra) suggests Real Madrid were ‘surprised’ over the rankings of the Belgian international, along with Modric and Vinicius.

Vinicius, for one, was one of the top performers in Europe last season, racking up 22 goals and 20 assists. His 11 goal involvements in the Champions League played a key role in helping the Whites secure the coveted trophy.

However, the Brazilian was ranked eighth, even below the likes of Mohamed Salah and Kevin De Bruyne. The same goes for Luka Modric, who was one of the lynchpins of the Real Madrid midfield and played a key role in offering technical quality in the middle of the park.

As for Courtois, he was by far the best-performing goalkeeper in Europe last season and was rightly awarded the Yashin trophy. However, Real Madrid believe the Belgian should have been ranked much higher on the list, with the 29-year-old himself being left unhappy with his position.

The Merengues were surprised by their being ranked the third-best team in Europe behind Manchester City and Liverpool.

However, at the end of the day, the club can feel satisfied with the performances of their players this past season, especially with Benzema emerging in the spotlight with his landmark triumph.

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Real Madrid intensify negotiations for Ligue 1 defender with Nacho on his way out

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Now that Nacho is ready to join Al Qadsiah, Real Madrid have decided to ramp up their efforts to sign Lille defender Leny Yoro, reports Jose Felix Diaz via MARCA.

As reported before, Nacho has decided to end his career with the Spanish club as he has agreed to a two-year contract with Al Qadsiah in the Saudi Pro League. With Nacho leaving, Real Madrid now have a spot open in their defence and are eager to fill it with Yoro.

It is important to note that Yoro has attracted a lot of interest from other clubs. Paris Saint-Germain have been particularly active in trying to sign him, offering €60 million for the player. 

Although this offer is close to what Lille wants, Yoro isn’t interested in moving to PSG.

What Yoro is looking forward to is joining Real Madrid. While the player and Real Madrid have a verbal agreement, the deal with Lille still needs to be finalised soon.

What about the transfer fee?

Regarding the transfer fee, Real Madrid are hesitant to match PSG’s €60 million offer because Yoro has only one year left on his contract. 

Real Madrid want to close the signing of Leny Yoro. (Photo by SAMEER AL-DOUMY/AFP via Getty Images)

Initially, the club planned to wait until June 30 to begin serious negotiations. However, due to the increasing interest from clubs like PSG, Manchester United, and Liverpool, they might need to speed up the process.

With Nacho leaving, Real Madrid now has the necessary room to strengthen their defence and Yoro fits the bill. 

Madrid already have Yoro in plans

It must be noted that the club’s management, in accordance with Carlo Ancelotti, is already planning next season’s lineup of centre-backs. 

They expect Rafa Marin to leave, so the defensive lineup for coach Carlo Ancelotti is likely to include Eder Militao, Antonio Rudiger, David Alaba, and possibly Yoro if they can complete the negotiations successfully.

Real Madrid are focusing on building a strong defence for the upcoming season. They see Yoro as a valuable addition and are working hard to secure his transfer. 

The next steps involve reaching an agreement with Lille and finalizing the transfer details as soon as possible.

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