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Ronaldo should ‘pray and thank’ Benzema for Real success – Cassano

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Former Italy striker Antonio Cassano believes a lot of the success Cristiano Ronaldo had at Real Madrid is down to Karim Benzema.

Benzema and Ronaldo played 342 times together for Los Blancos during the Portuguese’s nine-year stint in the Spanish capital.

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They helped Real Madrid win four Champions Leagues, two La Liga titles, two Spanish cups and four Spanish Super Cups.

Benzema has been able to show his true goalscoring potential since Ronaldo’s departure in 2018. He has been terrific since the start of 2020/21, in particular, netting 67 times since then.

The forward pair were prolific during their time at the Santiago Bernabeu, with Ronaldo scoring 450 goals in 438 appearances and winning four Ballon d’Or awards.

However, former Real Madrid, AC Milan, Inter Milan and Italy striker Cassano believes the Man Utd forward should thank Benzema for aiding his success.

Speaking to Bobo TV (via Metro), Cassano said: “Cristiano Ronaldo has to pray in the morning and say, ‘Thank you, Benzema, that you played with me.’

“Ronaldo scores and will always score, but he’s a different player; Benzema is a goalscoring centre forward. But he’s also Zidane, he’s a nine, ten and a nine-and-a-half.”

Elsewhere, Man Utd are ready to trigger Erik ten Hag’s release clause at Ajax and announce his arrival next week, according to reports.

There have been a number of reports over the last week indicating that the Dutchman is now the overwhelming favourite to be appointed the new permanent manager at Old Trafford.

Football Insider claim that the Red Devils are ‘set to trigger’ Ten Hag’s release clause at Ajax ‘after deciding to make him their new manager’.

A source has told the website that Ten Hag is ‘expected to accept their offer to replace interim boss Ralf Rangnick’ before the Premier League club finish ‘finalising negotiations with Ajax’.

The Man Utd hierarchy are suggesting ‘behind the scenes’ that ‘an announcement will be made as early as next week’ to make Ten Hag’s appointment official.

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