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Ronaldo backs Mbappe to win Ballon d’Or at Real Madrid, compares Bellingham to Zidane

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Speaking to Daily Mail, former Real Madrid and Brazil striker Ronaldo has claimed that Kylian Mbappe can win the Ballon d’Or once he signs for the Merengues.

Mbappe, 25, is in the final few months of his contract at PSG and it is confirmed that he will be on his way out at the end of the season.

A move to Real Madrid is all but confirmed at this point, with the negotiations understood to be in the final stages and an agreement on the horizon.

With the Frenchman all set to land in the Spanish capital, Brazilian legend Ronaldo has backed him to win the Ballon d’Or in the near future.

“We have to wait until it’s official, but everyone is excited about Kylian Mbappé in Madrid. I think he will finally win the Ballon d’Or if he goes to Real Madrid,” Il Fenomeno stated.

Ronaldo also commented on Jude Bellingham, claiming that the England international reminds him of Real Madrid legend Zinedine Zidane.

“I was watching a few matches at the Bernabéu and I was looking for Bellingham. […] He reminds me a little bit of Zidane with his quality,” he stated.

“I love the way Jude Bellingham plays. […] I love to watch him play, he goes forward all the time.”

On the rumours of Erling Haaland also ending up at Real Madrid in the near future, Ronaldo added:

“I think Haaland is very happy at Manchester City at the moment, but we will see. I hope we can see [Mbappé, Haaland, Bellingham] together in one club. It will remind me of the Galácticos, if they all end up at Real Madrid.”

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PSG president wanted Real Madrid to bear Mbappe’s €80 million loyalty bonus

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It is only a matter of days before Kylian Mbappe is officially confirmed as a Real Madrid player.

The French superstar announced his departure from PSG as a free agent recently and even though nothing is official yet, everything points to him arriving at the Spanish capital club.

An official announcement and presentation are expected to take place sometime before the UEFA Euro 2024 starts.

While the move is all but done, it appears that PSG, in particular president Nasser Al-Khelaifi, are left with a bitter taste over Mbappe’s imminent exit.

Al-Khelaifi wanted Real Madrid to pay €80 million

As has already been reported, Al-Khelaifi tried to convince Mbappe to snub Real Madrid by presenting various arguments which had no effect.

Now, French publication L’Equipe has brought forth a report which claims that the PSG president simply cannot accept the fact that Mbappe is joining Real Madrid for free.

And things are now happening behind the scenes which suggest that the Frenchman’s departure will be far from smooth and amicable.

Indeed, as per the report, PSG have not paid Mbappe his salary for the month of April as well as an additional bonus he was due.

This is because of the €80 million loyalty bonus payment that the club had made to the France captain back in February, even though he had waived it off after deciding not to renew his contract.

Headed for an ugly split with PSG. (Photo by MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP via Getty Images)

In August 2023, after he was frozen out of the team for refusing to extend his contract, Mbapp agreed to give up his loyalty bonus so that PSG do not suffer a huge financial hit as a result of his leaving as a free agent this summer.

However, Al Khelaifi made a U-turn and granted Mbappe the loyalty bonus in February this year, with the caveat that Real Madrid cover the €80 million as compensation for the 25-year-old leaving for free.

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez, however, refused that demand as he deemed that it was completely out of the question, as the La Liga champions are not obligated to pay for a player who will be out of contract in a few weeks.

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Things have not been well between Mbappe and Al-Khelaifi ever since the player informed him of his decision to leave PSG.

The report suggests that the pair are no longer on speaking terms and that lawyers are involved in trying to resolve the matter of the unpaid dues.

PSG are looking for written confirmation that their all-time top scorer will waive the €80 million, which he had agreed to in the past, only for the club to make the payment.

As for Mbappe, he wants the money he is owed as part of his salary which was not paid in April.

Al-Khelaifi has not had the best relation with Perez either and this development further escalates the situation.

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