Raphael Varane: future world’s best?

Raphael-VaraneThe former Lens academy graduate has broken onto the first team scene this year at Real Madrid, possibly the most competitive club in the world to make a name at, and has shown maturity far beyond his mere 19 years this season. He produced an assured, man-of-the-match performance in his first ever appearance in the world’s biggest club fixture, El Classico, and looks set to enjoy a long relationship with Madrid if he continues to produce performances such as the one he produced only 2 weeks ago.

Not only did he have a flawless game personally against the La Liga leaders, but he spent most of the game cleaning up after the errors of his vastly more experienced centre-back partner, Ricardo Carvalho, scoring a goal to boot. His performance even drew praise from Real Madrid legend Emilio Butragueno, who said that ‘it is quite something to play against Barcelona without making any mistakes like he did’.

Quick across the ground, powerful and a good reader of the game, Varane certainly possesses the attributes that will take him to the top and the fact that he is playing alongside two of the world’s best defenders in Pepe and Ramos will only help him achieve this. The experience of Carvalho will undoubtedly assist him as well.  

Although he is yet to be capped fully by the national team, he has been a stalwart of the Under-21 side in recent years, and would have made his international debut against Germany this week if he had not had to withdraw from the squad due to an injury. With another young centre-back alongside him, possibly either Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa or Mamadou Sakho looks set to have a top-class centre-back pairing for years to come.

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