RAPHAEL VARANE

Club: Real Madrid Age: 25 Po­si­tion: De­fender

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Raphael Varane is one of Real Madrid’s most con­sis­tent per­form­ers. Stand­ing 191cm tall, the 25-year old de­fender is un­sur­pris­ingly strong in the air. But with a 90 per­cent ac­cu­racy rat­ing for pass­ing and 80 per­cent suc­cess rate in drib­bling in Spain’s La Liga, Varane is just as com­fort­able play­ing the ball out from the back. He also knows how to stop at­tack­ers, is ex­cel­lent at one on one sit­u­a­tions and its rare to see him beaten by an op­po­nent. He doesn’t take risks in pos­ses­sion and doesn’t com­mit many bad tack­les with just 0.08 fouls per games. The three-time Cham­pi­ons League-win­ner will be key to France’s chances in Rus­sia as Les Bleus de­fence is not as highly re­garded as their at­tack.

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