Benzema latest to join Real Madrid, Ribery wants in

Karim Benzema (ISIphotos.com) 

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Fiorentino Perez said he was bringing in a new group of 'Galacticos'.

He was not kidding.

Real Madrid has added Karim Benzema to Kaka and Cristiano Ronaldo in the Real Madrud summer haul, and now Bayern Munich star Franck Ribery wants to be next.

Real Madrid is adding Benzema for €35 million euros ($48.77 million), who joins a stable that has now surpassed $200 million in value. With Cristiano Ronaldo, Kaka, Benzema and defender Raul Albiol already in the field, and Franck Ribery reportedly ready to join, Real Madrid is looking like the team to beat in Spain and the Champions League, though defending champions Barcelona will still have something to say about that.

So what does the new Real Madrid look like? Here is how the starting lineup could look:


2009 Real Madrid starting lineup

—————-Benzema————-Raul———————

—–Kaka—————-Ribery—————Ronaldo——-

————————–Diarra——————————–

Heinze———Pepe———–Albiol—————–Ramos

———————–Casillas——————————–

Yes, you can say it. WOW.

What do you think of Benzema joining REal Madrid? If Ribery signs, will Real Madrid become the new favorite to win all hardware in Europe next season? Still have questions about Real Madrid's defense? Still like Barcelona to repeat in the league and in Europe?

Share your thoughts below.

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74 Responses to Benzema latest to join Real Madrid, Ribery wants in

  1. SonicDeathMonkey says:

    RVN to MLS!!

  2. Jacopo Belbo says:

    Those front 5 better score a bunch of goals, because those back 5 sure as sh*t aren’t going to stop many.

    I say if people don’t want to come to/stay at Man Utd then f**k em.

    United need to be focusing on a RB (Maicon) and CM de Rossi)and I would be more than happy to take the now “extra” Dutchies off Real’s hands. Welcome to Old Trafford Klass Huntelaar and Sneijder!!!

  3. Sg says:

    As a Bayern fan I say go ahead Ribery. Real better hope their ain’t too many cooks in their kitchen. How can anyone root for that team?

  4. CACuzcatlan says:

    Sucks for Higuain

  5. Jacopo Belbo says:

    Man Utd would love to take Higuain too!!

  6. Nick says:

    You’re right, who can root for them, that said, who isn’t excited to see them play on ESPN HD this fall?!

  7. Tony in Quakeland says:

    If they can actually learn to play together…

  8. doug says:

    Wonder where Platini stands on non-english teams spending money like drunken sailors. Real Madrid is dumb. I thought there problem was shipping goals not scoring them. Its as if they went to a doctor complaining of a broken arm and the doctor gave them a 3rd arm and didnt fix the original problem. Im sure nobody would notice that

  9. Kanell17 says:

    How about the fact that that puts Robben and Guti on the bench, two men who should never see the pine.

  10. LIVERPOOLno1 says:

    Robben is usually injured but when healthy he’s a force to be reckoned with. Why did they grab Benzema? He has a bright future but he sure isn’t “world class” in the likes of Ibrahimovic, Villa, Eto’o. Benzema is rated like say Luca Toni or Mario Gomez or even Negredo. Pretty good, but not at that LEVEL.

  11. cbr says:

    this is going to RUIN Fifa10 online mode. You wont be able to beat these guys

  12. LIVERPOOLno1 says:

    Off topic, but with the rumors of at least a potential dozen teams, has Gooch suddenly become the most wanted American player in the history of football?

    Dempsey is probably the most well known in Europe, but Gooch just might change that.

  13. Mentz says:

    They still gotta shell out a pretty penny to pry Ribery away from my boys at Bayern Munchen. Where they getting all this cash from anyway!?

  14. Jacopo Belbo says:

    I hope Dempsey stays at Fulham. He is a solid starter there and the fans love him. Everton doesn’t really need him and he would have a hard time cracking a midfield already littered with talent (Arteta, Cahill, Pienaar, Osman, Fellaini). Since Everton is my No. 2 EPL team I hope they can keep hold of Lescott and crack the top 4 next season.

  15. Jimmie says:

    RAUL? They are dropping him bc CR7 wants to be CR7.

  16. US Soccer says:

    I would love to watch these guys on european nights, but freaking FSC took away the Champions League.

    At least ESPN picked up La Liga in the clutch…

  17. ManicMessiah says:

    Ronaldo tracks back more than some people give him credit, but that right side would end up a freeway on both ends of the pitch between him and Ramos.

    I can’t imagine they could play that starting XI in anything like a ‘big’ match, though. Then again, Perez is back.

  18. LFC says:

    Raul is staying and will be starting. He’s been recapturing his excellent form over the last 2 seasons. Real Madrid is packing so much attacking power, will any of these guys actually see the field? Ribery won’t play 2nd fiddle to Ronaldo who will want 100% control of the team.

  19. Freddy says:

    Good lineup Ives. I’d switch up Kaka and Ribery.

  20. Lj says:

    It takes years to build a team not just 1 summer, they will be no where near ready to compete in La Liga or Europe next season. They have good players but you cannot just throw them on the pitch and expect them to gell straight away. It didn’t work like that at Barca or Man Utd, they have both been building their current squads for many years, only adding 1 or 2 players a season

  21. Rudy says:

    They need to shore up the defense by signing Gooch.

  22. Cindy says:

    as pretty as Ramos is to look at he is not much help at all in the back. i imagine as many goals for as goals against.

    as for United, here’s hoping Kun Aguero comes through.

  23. dub says:

    wow that is a hell of a strike force!

  24. Lou says:

    Wouldn’t higuain start over raul with benzema?

  25. Kevin says:

    cbr great call haha.

    raul needs to be dumped in place of higuain, but that will never happen.

  26. Ulrich says:

    First off, Ribery does not play in the middle.

    Second, and more importantly, Galacticos 1.0 showed that a field full of egos will under-achieve because nobody wants to do the blue-collar work. Galacticos 2.0 will win a fair share of games, but they’re not going to run away with every trophy out there.

    The more important stat will be how many sports psychologists does the team hire to manage the abundance of ego????

  27. aristotle says:

    I can certainly see why Real Madrid would need to completely rebuild. Wasn’t their old team awful? Seriously, this has disaster written all over it. Are they trying to copy Manchester City and their success from mega spending?

    Benzema? I had that once and it was very unpleasant!

  28. Jack K. - SBI MAFIA ORIGINAL says:

    Doesn’t Real Madrid new manager, Pellegrini, play a strict 4-4-2?

  29. jloome says:

    Typical starry-eyed stupidity from Real fans. Teams full of stars are teams full of egos, that don’t gel and don’t win. Just ask the last group of Galacticos.

    The reason Man Utd is generally an exception is that 1) they have iron hand of sir alex at the helm and 2) they bring up some of their best from the youth ranks, identifying them younger and bleeding some of the ego out of them.

    Buying the top players in the world will simply guarantee an expensive loser.

  30. scott47a says:

    There really is nothing funnier than Man United fans whining. Makes me smile.

  31. Snuffer says:

    All out attack! Wow is right. Liverpool should grab Higuain since he doesnt want to ride the bench all season..he would fit perfectly with Torres

  32. Aquaman says:

    Thank you Real. I knew you’d buy a team I could root for….though I’m still not really a big fan of Cristiano Ronaldo

  33. kawa says:

    Raul will have to Ride the bench for Higauin .

  34. kawa says:

    —–Benzema——–Higuain——-
    ————–Kaka—————Ribery——————-Ronaldo—-
    ———–LassDiarra————–
    Heinze—-Pepe—–Albiol—-Ramos

    ————-Casillas————

  35. Iammetro says:

    Is it just me or does anyone else like the fact that the EPL is getting snubbed by the highest echelon of football. For years all you kept hearing how England was stealing the best, but it seems like the best want to play more technical.

  36. Tim says:

    Raul and Higuain were both great last year, Benzema is a stupid move. Even the backup forwards (Huntelaar and Horseface) are better than Benzema They dont need anyone but a new CB and an LB.

  37. Metro boy till da day I die says:

    why would ribery n to do fight ffor a postion if they don’t even play the same postion lmao. Dude do u even watch soccer? Lmao can’t blv u wrote that. Made my day

  38. CSD says:

    That midfield would have arguably the best 3 players in the World. That is amazing. I don’t care how many games they win it will be entertaining to watch.

  39. DeliBelly says:

    Madrid’s lineup is looking a little crowded. Higuain, VanNistelrooy, Huntelaar and Robben are all very talented players. Some of their attacking stars won’t be happy sitting on the bench. Madrid is going to have to clean house a bit. Will Raul end up on the bench or be traded?

  40. jozy17 says:

    ——-casillas——-
    –ramos–albiol–pepe–marcelo
    ——diarra–diarra—–
    –ronny–kaka—ribery—
    ——-benzema—–

  41. Alberto says:

    As a Spanish Real Madrid fan that has been following the team for over 20 years I can tell you the following (some of you have it a little wrong):

    1) First they are not done buying. It looks that at least they will buy one central midfielder to play along side Lass (Xabi Alonso is the chose one and will be bought in the next few days), one left back (Heinze will most certainly be sold… the chose one is Arbeloa from Liverpool), and either Ribery or Silva one of these will happen later in the off season.

    2) This team might very well have a lot of stars but it has nothing to do with the first incarnation and why that one failed at the end. The first time around Florentino and his team forget to have balance in the team. The minute they sold Makalele and brought in Beckham playing him out of place (remember that Figo was taking his natural spot) the team went down a hill. Before those two moves the team was awesome even with several stars (Zidane, Figo, Ronaldo, Raul, Roberto Carlos, and Casillas). So its not about the players but rather about the balance.

    3) This time around they are making sure that they have players that fit the system, that play in their real spots, and that will complement each other. As for egos that doesn’t worry me at all.

    4) This is the team that you should expect to take the field the first day of La Liga tournament 09/10.

    ——————Benzema—————
    Silva or Ribery—-Kaka——–C. Ronaldo
    ——–Xabi Alondo—–Lass————-
    Arbeloa—–Albiol——Pepe———Ramos
    ——————Casillas—————

    Expect the following players to be sold:
    Van der Vaart
    VNR or Negredo
    Sneijder
    Gago or Diarra
    Heinze
    Metzelder or Garay
    maybe Salgado

    Best team in futbol!

  42. Metrostar 4 life says:

    Amazing offense. All joking aside, I think GOoch could certainly fit in at CB

  43. Mike says:

    I seem to remember a similar stacked line-up like this in Real’s past that failed to produce the crown. Like the Yankees, money cant buy championships.

  44. jjraines says:

    They need Gooch to shore up the backline!

    Seriously, why not?

  45. TimC says:

    I would think kaka would play in the middle has he did for AC Milan with Ribery play on the left where he did for Bayern and Higuain would def start over Raul.

  46. SG says:

    It’ll be fun wathcing them…and rooting against them.

  47. Beckster says:

    Can’t wait to see them Aug. 9 against DC. I’m sure Olsen and Namoff will stop them in their tracks!!!

  48. LFC says:

    Raul leaving Madrid for whom? man city?

  49. Adam M. says:

    This won’t work. Who in the RM side is taking the ball away from Xavi and Iniesta? Who is defending Messi, Henry, and Eto’o (or Villa depending)? I think Ramos is still trying to figure out where Clint Dempsey might be. Ronaldo is a ball hog and Kaka isn’t but he “works” best when he is running with the ball himself, so how does RM solve that conflict, not to mention their polar opposite personality issues. Is Benzema really that much better than Higuain? They will sell a lot of shirts, still finish second, and won’t make the semis of the CL.

  50. LFC says:

    Liverpool need Arbeloa. But if he did go to Madrid, he’d be fit. Though isnt world class? Are Madrid just adding world class attacking players and having pretty decent defenders?

  51. BCC says:

    I agree — Ribery wide and Kaka in the middle.

    Why in the world would any of you think that Higuain would get shipped? Do any of you look at the schedule? La Liga, CL, and Copa del Rey . . . you need a deep team. And this is a team that has been decimated by injuries over the last year. The Dutch players have proven to be extremely fragile. Raul is not getting any younger, either. He has exceeded expectations over the last couple of years, and I don’t know how much longer he can remain productive.

    My sense is that few of you actually watch this team every week. And it’s also my sense that a lot of you are going to be watching them a lot more now that Galacticos 2.0 has come into being.

  52. Josh says:

    Real Won’t win a damn thing with that lineup. They’ll sell jerseys, but that’s about it. Their midfield is still not as good/efficient as Barca’s, and their strikers will only be on par, while their defense will be worse (although having Casillas in goal is a big plus).

    I can’t wait to see this blow up in Perez’s face… just like the last Galacticos experiment. The rest of the world will enjoy our schadenfreude, thank you very much.

  53. Jason says:

    I agree that Higuain starts.

    The bench currently incldues: Raul, RVN, Guti, Robben, Van der Vaart, and Sneijder.

    I’d expect some to be sold, but really an embarassment of riches from an attacking standpoint.

  54. DC Josh says:

    WOW. Look at that defense!!!!!!

    Good luck stopping La Liga with that back four. Casillas will have his hands full all season long…

    Still not convinced Kaka and Ronaldo will get along. Ronaldo is not used to playing with a midfield playmaker. He is used to getting the ball, turning around, and blazing past players. It will be very interesting and soap opera-esque watching the Kaka/Ronaldo relationship unfold before our eyes. I hope they fall flat on their faces (the team), just to show other owners you can’t buy a championship, it is earned on the training pitch and with team work.

  55. Jeff Cunningham says:

    You heard it here first — I want to leave Pizza Hut Park and go to Real Madrid too.

    I won’t go anywhere else.

    Good luck Kenny.

  56. SkiFast! says:

    I expect to see them featured in a large percentage of the 20 ESPN La Liga matches this upcoming season. Should be fun to watch.

  57. huricano says:

    I don´t think that Ives line-up makes much sense. First off, Kaka would be in the middle, accompanied by Gago or Diarra(the latter Marca has moving). Then, in all honesty Higuain is much better than Raul at this point. One option would be to put Benzema and Higuain up top, and then play Raul and Kaka, or even Guti in the middle. Plus, look to have Heinze replaced by Arbeloa from the Pool.

  58. huricano says:

    If I were man u or liverpool i would by Higuain. Any ideas on the future of the Dutch contingent^?

  59. Shitsky D'Crapopotamus says:

    Heinze is absolute garbage and Albiol stinks too. The defense is lacking more than Barca.

  60. Kris says:

    Sneijder
    Van Nistelroy
    Van Der Vaart
    Raul
    Guti
    Higuian
    Negrado
    Robben
    Diarra
    Gago
    Drenthe
    Garay
    Marcelo

    ………. I’d take that team! lol This is their SECOND team:

    ——–Raul—–Higuain——
    —————————-
    —Robben-VDV-Diarra-Sneijder—
    —————————-
    -Marcelo-Garay-Metzelder-Drenthe-

    Everyone forgets about Marcelo and Garay for their defense. They may be lacking this year, but they’ll be ok, all.

  61. jai_brooklyn says:

    @Kris

    That is a super line up. Maybe better than their starters???

    Pellegrini must be wondering what he got himself into…

  62. machine gooner funk says:

    this team is a nightmare to try to defend and will definitely be fun to watch. however they’re a sieve at the back. ramos is a joke of a rb, he should just be turned into a winger on the right b/c he has great attacking and passing skills but he simply can’t defend, metzelder is past it, heinze is too, albiol is decent but certainly not world class. now if they want to offload their dutch contingent we gooners would love to take m. diarra, huntelaar/higuain off real’s hands. oh and whoever said raul was giving up his #7 to cuntaldo is wrong cr is going to wear #9.

  63. Chg says:

    Someone asked ‘Who can pull for that team?’

    Earlier today, in a comment thread on NBA free agency, someone named Yankeesfan4life made the insightful contribution ‘Lakers runnin da league next year’, followed by some other ignorant nonsense that implied the other teams should prepare to receive unwelcome sexual acts from the Laker organization. I would bet Yankeesfan4life also roots for the Cowboys and Tarheels (but only in basketball; he likes Miami or Florida football).

    People like Yankeesfan4life- absolute losers who believe jumping onto a bandwagon somehow makes them a winner by association- will love this Real lineup.

  64. Steve W says:

    WTF is Heinze still doing there?

  65. ThaDeuce says:

    “They need to shore up the defense by signing Gooch.

    Posted by: Rudy | July 02, 2009 at 07:06 PM”
    True Dat!

  66. el matador says:

    Freddy is absolutely right, I’d switch Ribery left and Kaka to the middle.

  67. GuessWho says:

    Uli Hoeness: ” I see nothing!” (Said in a Sgt. Schultz voice of course)

  68. madmax says:

    Ribery would be wide with Kaka in the middle.
    Also I don’t see Raul starting on this eleven. Instead I see, Robben/Schnieder in 4-5-1, or Huntlear in 4-4-2.

  69. BarçaGirl says:

    mmmmmm……

    im not getting so worked up over this. We’ll see when they actually play.

    i don’t see this working out that well.

  70. Rod says:

    Why doesn’t Bayern trade Ribery for Robben Van Der Vaart & Van Nistlerooy….? Real Madrid wants to get rid of them anyway and they will be great for Bayern.

  71. Jongo says:

    Replace Raul with van Gol and thats what the solid lineup would be. (assuming he recovers)

  72. Young Baller says:

    A time bomb waiting to go off…pelligrini wat are u tinkin benzema a definite no no, ronaldo
    would always want to control the game and where does dat put kaka? what a joke!!!!!!

  73. Freddy Cartagena says:

    You can have the best midfielders and strikers in the world, but as you all know ,championships are won with defense and Real Madrid needs at least 3 defenders to accomplish that,they only have one and you know who that is,, Sergio Ramos!!.. They should have signed Lucio from Bayern, he could have been a good fit for Real, Too bad!

  74. hamidou says:

    Hala madrid HAMIDOU

    ——-Casillas-1——

    S Ramos4-Pepe3-Albiol-18-Arbeloa

    Ribery7-KAKA8-alonso14-RONALDO9

    Benzema19 Higuian20

    bonne chance 2010 au revoir