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Better than Messi and Neymar? The incredible numbers of the Benzemá - Mbappé duo

Both players once again showed their harmony in the triumph of the French team over Spain. They looked for each other in the attack: Karim gave him seven passes and Kylian gave him six.

Karim Benzema and Kylian Mbappé
Karim Benzema and Kylian Mbappé

Eleven games after his return to the French National Team, Karim Benzema, of 33 years old, lifted his first title with the his country selection (the 27th in his career). He helped with a goal that served to establish the even moments after Mikel Oyarzabal had opened the scoring, and that Kylian Mbappé, of 22 years old, endorsed with the second goal for Deschamps' men.

But beyond the title, what is becoming clearer and more forceful is the unlimited partnership of talent formed by the two forwards. Both Benzema and Mbappé understand each other perfectly outside but, above all, on the pitch. Of the five goals that the French team has scored in this tournament, four bear his stamp: two each and in the two matches they have played in this League of Nations.

Their relationship on the pitch against Spain went even further, Benzema always looked for Mbappé, and Kylian always looked for Benzema: the Madrid forward gave 22 good passes in the attack, with seven for Kylian, 31.81%, that is to say, practically a third of his deliveries were aimed at the PSG striker. For his part, the Parisian striker gave 14 positive passes, six for the nine Madridista, and six for the nine Madridista, 42.85%.

A society rich and unlimited in resources that hopes to one day play together at Real Madrid and fill the Bernabéu. To do this, Mbappé must decide whether to extend his relationship with the Parisian team or decide to finally sign for the white team. The truth is that from January 1 you can sign for any team you want. So, there will be six months left for him to conclude his contract with PSG.

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