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Real Madrid’s penalty takers for next season after Karim Benzema’s exit – report

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For the past half-a-decade or so, Karim Benzema had been the first-choice undisputed penalty taker at Real Madrid. The Frenchman, more often than not, delivered from the spot for his team – the Panenka against Man City in the 2021/22 UCL semi-final will remain etched in the fans’ memories forever.

But with Benzema leaving the club this summer to sign for Al Ittihad, Real Madrid have not only lost their captain and ace goalscorer but their most reliable bet from the penalty spot.

And, according to a report from AS (h/t Madrid Xtra), with Benzema no longer at the club, the responsibility of taking the penalties is set to fall on Rodrygo Goes and Luka Modric.

Rodrygo often stepped up to the spot when Benzema was not playing last season and even scored from each of his three attempts – against Barcelona, Celtic, and RB Leipzig.

There will be extra responsibility on the 22-year-old attacker from next season onwards to add more goals to his game following Benzema’s departure. And manager Carlo Ancelotti will also count on him to deliver from the penalty spot.

Modric, meanwhile, is a seasoned penalty taker, and has only missed four times from his 26 attempts from the spot for club and country throughout his career.

The 37-year-old legend, who signed a new contract with the club, scored twice from 12 yards last season for Los Blancos, while missing once. More recently, he was on target from the spot for Croatia in a high-profile UEFA Nations League semi-final tie against the Netherlands.

So, even though Benzema’s quality will be missed, in Rodrygo and Modric Real Madrid have reliable options to take over as their penalty takers for the next season.

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What is the price tag on Kylian Mbappe’s Real Madrid jersey?

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Kylian Mbappe’s arrival at Real Madrid has sparked a frenzy among football fans, with the club swiftly making his iconic jersey available for purchase starting July 11. 

Notably, before July 11, eager fans could not get their hands on a jersey featuring Mbappe’s name and number 9, as he was under contract with PSG until June 30. 

However, once the clock struck July 11, enthusiasts could finally purchase his jerseys in various styles, prompting a rapid sell-out at the Adidas store within hours.

The pricing of these jerseys has garnered significant attention, varying not only by size but also by the type of jersey—Replica or Authentic—that fans choose, reports Diario AS.

Initially, the Real Madrid online store listed the Replica version of Mbappe’s jersey at €100, while the Authentic version, identical to those worn by the team’s players, was priced at €160. 

What are the prices of Mbappe’s Real Madrid shirt?

Kylian Mbappe’s Real Madrid shirt is being sold like a hotcake. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

The highest-priced option is the Authentic Mbappe Men’s Home Kit Shirt, retailing at €185. This premium version allows fans to add additional patches such as La Liga or Champions League badges for an extra charge. 

Surprisingly, the women’s version of the jersey is priced equivalently, reflecting gender-neutral pricing practices, while the children’s edition is slightly more affordable at €130. 

Furthermore, even the youngest fans can join in the excitement with a baby version of the jersey priced at €80.

Meanwhile, for those looking for a more budget-friendly option, the Mbappe Men’s Home Shirt comes in at €120. 

Fans can customize these shirts with either a La Liga or Champions League patch for an additional €15, affixed uniquely on the right sleeve, opposite the iconic HP logo on the left, a prominent sponsor of the club. 

These prices apply to the short-sleeved versions; opting for long sleeves incurs a slightly lower cost. 

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