5 current players Real Madrid can build a long-term Champions League powerhouse around

Real Madrid, Thibaut Courtois (Photo by Diego Souto/Quality Sport Images/Getty Images)
Real Madrid, Thibaut Courtois (Photo by Diego Souto/Quality Sport Images/Getty Images) /
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Real Madrid, Eduardo Camavinga
Real Madrid, Eduardo Camavinga (Photo by David S. Bustamante/Soccrates/Getty Images) /

Eduardo Camavinga

Camavinga has always been earmarked to do great things. His performances at Rennes caught the eye of many suitors across Europe. However with some players you just get the feeling that they are destined to play for Real Madrid.

Ever since his arrival at a bargain price of 30 million euros, he has become the darling of Bernabeu. Every time he picks up the ball and runs at the opposition midfields he exudes confidence and exhilaration.

He is lucky to be playing under the tutelage of the maestros Kroos and Modric who are into the final stretches of their careers. Real Madrid faithful are pinning their hopes on him to carry the baton and lead the team into a new promising era with Champions League titles galore.

Vinícius Júnior, Real Madrid
Vinícius Júnior, Real Madrid (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images) /

Vinicius Jr.

Imagine an alternate world where PSG gives into Real Madrid’s outrageous 200 million Euro bid for Kylian Mbappe . He would have arrived amid much fanfare and welcomed by Bernabeu as the heir to Cristiano Ronaldo and occupied his preferred left wing spot. Every Real Madrid fan will endorse this deal without an iota of doubt except one Madridista – Vinicius Jr.

Since his arrival as a teen sensation from Flamengo, Vini has had a tumultuous career as a Real
Madrid player. He was the sole shining light in an overall appalling 2018-19 season. However just being an exciting prospect does not suffice at Real Madrid. There were pertinent question marks over his judgement and finishing.

Carlo Ancelotti’s arrival has brought about a change in fortunes for Vini. He has really come of age. He has already scored 15 goals including a chip against Barca in the Supercopa Semifinal more than doubling his 2020-21 tally. His partnership with Benzema has led Madrid to the top of LaLiga. He has become an indispensable part of the side owning the left side of the flank.

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Now coming back to the scenario that I mentioned at the start. What if Mbappe had signed. Well, we may not have seen such a meteoric rise in Vini’s level. He may have been an important squad player but definitely not the phenomenon he has become within a matter of six months. One thing though is clear: Vini is here to stay even when Mbappe eventually arrives. Vini has turned out to be a “Galactico” few envisaged.