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    No Mbappe, no Haaland…Who can Real Madrid sign this summer?

    Champions of Europe and Spain, Real Madrid might not need many new signings. But after missing out on both Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland this summer, president Florentino Perez will be desperate to make a splash in the transfer market and add to Carlo Ancelotti’s squad.

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    Karim Benzema at his best

    It has been a long, difficult and often controversial road to get where he is today for Karim Benzema, but he is now set for the legacy his talent deserves. The 34-year-old is part of France’s ‘lost generation’ alongside the likes of Hatem Ben Arfa and Samir Nasri; talent wasn’t an issue, just like most France teams, but work-rate and togetherness meant, for years, Les Bleus underachieved.

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    Lionel Messi a shadow of his former self at PSG

    The Santiago Bernabeu has been the setting of many great moments for Lionel Messi over the course of his career. Indeed, the Argentine has scored more goals at the home of Real Madrid (15) than at the home of any other opposition team.

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    Despite El Clasico win, Barcelona aren’t “back” yet

    Gerard Pique’s Twitter feed should always be taken with a pinch of salt. It has been four-and-a-half years since he posted a photograph with Barcelona teammate Neymar captioned ‘he’s staying’ mere days before the Brazilian signed for Paris Saint-Germain.

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    Can Coutinho resurrect his career after Barcelona farce?

    It was January 2018 and Philippe Coutinho was sat on a plane to Barcelona, having said goodbye to Liverpool. Any sadness he felt at departing Anfield must have been balanced by anticipation at the prospect of emulating Ronaldinho under the Camp Nou lights.

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    Barcelona must emulate Man City, as masters become students

    For so long, Barcelona represented the highest level of European football. Although not much more needs to be written about how their decision to appoint Pep Guardiola as manager in 2008 changed football, it is genuinely hard to think of another example which had close to such a widespread impact across the modern game.

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    Luis Suarez proving doubters wrong yet again at Atletico Madrid

    Luis Suarez had an incredible debut season for Atletico Madrid during the 2020/21 campaign, where his 21 goals and three assists in 32 La Liga appearances helped the Spanish giants to their 11th league title and their second under Diego Simeone.

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    Why would Kylian Mbappe choose this version of Real Madrid?

    In years gone by, it was obvious what Real Madrid offered top players. While their inconsistent form in La Liga pointed to some structural issues over the course of an arduous league campaign, their unprecedented success in the Champions League made them the biggest story in European football.

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    Pedri could lead post-Messi era for Barcelona

    This incarnation of Barcelona are not a club renowned for their forethought. In a dire financial state after a number of poor signings following the embarrassing scramble to exert some sort of dominance having watched Neymar leave for Paris Saint-Germain in 2017, things got so bad even Lionel Messi publicly asked to leave.

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    Messi contract saga highlights Barcelona turmoil

    The circus surrounding the Barcelona contract of Lionel Messi expiring was primarily led by Real Madrid-centric tabloid TV show El Chiringuito, which went viral for its rather comedically straight-faced scapegoating of Eden Hazard after he was seen laughing with Chelsea players following Los Blancos’ Champions League exit.

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    Real Madrid decline continues under Florentino Perez

    The influence of Florentino Perez at Real Madrid is waning. The man who famously ushered in the Galacticos era is increasingly resembling one of the old-fashioned American radio hosts of the 1950s, denouncing the rock and roll craze sweeping through the country, refusing to concede that life was no longer how he knew it.


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