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5 Ligue 1 stars who would make Real Madrid a better team

Robin Bairner
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Real Madrid Training and Press Conference
Which players could possibly make Zidane's squad better?

Real Madrid’s history of prospecting in France is a long one, with many of the club’s greatest legends having played in Le Championnat at one time or another.

Legendary forward Raymond Kopa was among those to feature at the Bernabeu, having started his career in Ligue 1, while in more recent times Zinedine Zidane, the current head coach, graced the Champions League winners having started his career in his homeland.

At present, Madrid boast two players who have featured previously in France’s top flight; Raphael Varane and Karim Benzema.

Here are five more stars who Real Madrid would be well served to look at in the coming months.

#5 Malcom (Bordeaux)

Malcom takes a corner for Bordeaux
Malcom takes a corner for Bordeaux

His name might not be widely recognised outside of France at the moment, but that will surely change in the months ahead as the young Brazilian attacker has been quite simply outstanding for a Bordeaux team that has started the season well.

He has five goals and four assists for the campaign in just 10 matches, and there is already a sense that Bordeaux are beginning to rely on his offensive production an unhealthy amount. When he missed the weekend’s fixture against Amiens, for example, they suffered a 1-0 reverse.

Several clubs courted the winger in the summer, but he could improve the depth of the Real Madrid squad offensively as he offers the profile that could make an instant impact and at 20 boasts the potential to become world class.

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Robin Bairner
UK-based freelance football journalist for the last decade, I've appeared in publications such as the Guardian, the Blizzard, When Saturday Comes, but can most frequently be found on I write about European football, and have worked at both World Cup 2014 and Euro 2016.
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