LaLiga chief names three most dominant players in the world... and two are at Real Madrid!

Peter Staunton
  • 24 Feb 2024 13:58 GMT
  • 4 min read
Kylian Mbappe has signed his Real Madrid contract according to reports from Marca

It looks certain that Kylian Mbappe will sign for Real Madrid once his contract with Paris Saint-Germain expires at the end of the season.

Having turned his back on Real in 2022 in order to sign a bumper new PSG deal, the France World Cup winner now appears ready to take the next step in his career.

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It was reported last week that the 25-year-old had effectively handed in his notice to club president Nasser al-Khelaifi with it all but inevitable that he signs for the Spanish capital side.

Mbappe enraged PSG last year when he declined the option of triggering a one-year contract extension, meaning he is now free to discuss terms with overseas clubs.

His decision led to a temporary banishment for Mbappe to the PSG “bomb squad” to train alongside those players destined to be sold and he was also left out of the pre-season tour.

Coach Luis Enrique eventually welcomed his star forward back to the fold and he has gone on to score 32 goals in 31 games so far this season, with PSG top of the French league and into the last 16 of the Champions League.

But all signs point towards Mbappe becoming Florentino Perez’s latest “Galactico” with some mind-boggling numbers involved in the ex-Monaco man’s deal.

Mbappe's mind-boggling Real Madrid deal

It’s been reported that Mbappe will take a signing on fee worth between €100m and €150 million and will earn over €225m throughout the expected five-year duration of the contract.

LaLiga president Javier Tebas has now hailed Real Madrid for the coup, naming Mbappe alongside Madrid’s Jude Bellingham and Erling Haaland of Manchester City as the most dominant players in world football.

Madrid will probably be lining up with Bellingham and Mbappe next season while reports linking Haaland with a move refuse to go away.

"Of course, this is great news for Real Madrid and for Spanish football,” Tebas told L’Equipe.

“He is one of the best players in the world. From my point of view, Bellingham, Haaland and Mbappe are the three dominant players on the planet, and two of them are at Real Madrid.”

Real Madrid in good financial health

He also stated that Madrid would have no need to sell players in order to finance the Mbappe deal. While rivals Barcelona are under significant and increasing financial pressure, the opposite would appear to be true at the Bernabeu.

Madrid have shed some of their big earners over the last couple of seasons, with Karim Benzema and Eden Hazard leading the exits, while others like Toni Kroos and Luka Modric are expected to leave this summer.

Jude Bellingham
© IMAGO - Jude Bellingham

Moreover, their expensive renovation of the stadium is now complete, meaning Madrid’s age of austerity is over and they are unrestricted in once again pursuing Galactico signings.

"It is a club in an optimal economic situation,” he continued. “The president and the general director are very good managers, but they are very bad when they want to organise new competitions.

"They are not obliged to sell anyone to pay for Mbappe, not at all."

LaLiga and Perez at loggerheads over Super League

Tebas went on to detail the current status of his relationship with Madrid president Perez, who was the chief architect behind the aborted Super League project three years ago.

Tebas is a fierce opponent of the project, which would see his league’s two biggest clubs in Madrid and Barca flee for the riches on offer elsewhere.

"He hasn't spoken to me for three years,” Tebas revealed. “But I'm happy that they hired Mbappe.

“And I take advantage of this interview to send him the message that I'm delighted that he and Real Madrid made this type of signing to have an important team.

"The problem is not Real Madrid, but Florentino Perez and his very personal vision. Every day there are more fans of the team who do not like the Super League line."

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