Florentino Pérez: Karim Benzema Is The Best Number Nine In The World

Florentino Pérez: Karim Benzema Is The Best Number Nine In The World
Feb 12, 2019

La Liga News Real Madrid

Real Madrid president Florentino Pérez believes that Karim Benzema is the best number nine in world football. The Spaniard believes the club don’t need to look elsewhere for a striker despite their recent struggles as long as Benzema remains in Madrid.

Santiago Solari’s side sit six points behind league leaders Barcelona, though Pérez believes the squad remains the best around.

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Speaking to France Football, Pérez ruled out speculation that Madrid would fix their struggles through more financial investment. The 71-year-old said: “I insist that we have the best squad in the world and the titles back us up on that. We are not going to spend for spending’s sake, for example.”

“I have read and heard in some media outlets for years that Madrid need to sign a striker when reality clearly shows that Karim Benzema is the best forward in the world. What we do, in any case, is bring in very young players who will be the stars of the future, such as Vinicius [Junior] or Rodrygo [Goes], who was a candidate for the Kopa Trophy.”

Madrid travel to the Netherlands to face Ajax in the first leg of the Champions League Round of 16 on Wednesday in their quest to win the trophy for the fourth time in a row. The exits of Cristiano Ronaldo and Zinedine Zidane have greatly reduced their chances, however, and failure to win a trophy this season may see Pérez performing a U-turn on his spending policy, especially with Eden Hazard likely to be on the move after Chelsea’s recent run of form.

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