how Karim Benzema changed Vinicius Junior’s trajectory

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Real Madrid play his qualification for Tonight the semi-finals of the Champions League against Chelsea† Winner 3-1 in England last week, the Casa Blanca did the hardest part, even if the new away goals rule doesn’t benefit them. Yet Carlo Ancelotti’s troops, with a stratospheric Karim Benzema and more than ever a candidate for the Ballon d’Or, are still well armed.

Author of 37 goals and 13 assists in all competitions this season, the Frenchman has already broken his record. The captain has become indispensable to his team, especially as he doesn’t really have a natural replacement with Luka Jovic or Mariano Diaz. It must be said that he is also well helped by Vinicius Junior. The young Brazilian has also taken on another dimension this season (17 goals and 17 assists), aided by the presence of his team-mate.

The Conversation That Changed Everything

Already during the second half of last season, the 21-year-old showed greater efficiency in his picks, his dribbling and of course in front of goal. A famous episode marked the international auriverde. In the autumn of 2020, during halftime of a C1 encounter against Borussia Mönchengladbach, Benzema discusses with Ferland Mendy and attacks Vinicius. Essentially, he’s telling you not to give him the ball because he doesn’t have the level.

A locker room discussion as it happens every day, except this moment was captured by a camera. Brand indicates today that this episode has changed the situation between the two men. The next day, the Spanish newspaper tells, Benzema went to his young teammate to apologize and explain himself. Ever since, the two men are on the same wavelength, the eldest takes the younger under his wing† Result, they are directly responsible for 54 and 93 Real Madrid goals this season and it is probably not over yet.

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