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Benzema assumes leadership role and acts as Vinicius' godfather

The departure of Cristiano Ronaldo means that Karim Benzema is now the third captain at Real Madrid, with only Sergio Ramos and Marcelo ahead of him in the squad hierarchy.

The Frenchman has taken this role seriously and has acted as a leader during the first 15 days of pre-season, becoming a role model for the younger members of the squad.

One of those young players is Vinicius Junior, who Benzema has taken under his wing.

The Frenchman knows what it's like to arrive in the Spanish capital at a young age, having done so himself in 2009 when he signed from Lyon aged just 21.

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Vinicius Junior has hardly moved from Benzema's side during pre-season, as the Real Madrid veteran helps him ease into life at the club, almost as if he were the Brazilian's footballing godfather.

However, it's not only the teenager who Benzema has been looking out for.

He has been helping other young players too, such as Theo Hernandez, the left-back who is set to be loaned to Real Sociedad and who Benzema has been advising.

For Benzema, the 2018/19 campaign will be a special year for him as he spends his 10th season with Real Madrid.

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It'll be his first campaign without Ronaldo - who also arrived in the summer of 2009 - by his side and there are lingering doubts after a season which wasn't his best from a scoring point of view, with just 12 scored in 2017/18, but which saw the No.9 step up when needed in the latter rounds of the Champions League.

He spent the summer watching France win the World Cup without him and with Olivier Giroud occupying a role he'll feel could have been his.

It's now up to Benzema to prove himself again at club level and to act as one of the main leaders for Los Blancos.

A new season is here and Benzema and Real Madrid will try to win every trophy. Witness what will they be able to do by booking your tickets here and now!

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