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Real Madrid’s best and worst players draw with Athletic Club

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By Jack Gallagher

Real Madrid ended the 2022/23 Liga on Sunday evening with a 1-1 draw against Athletic Club.

The Blancos initially went behind early in the second half thanks to an Oihan Sancet goal, but found a way back into the game through (yes, you guessed it) departing Karim Benzema.

The French striker’s penalty was not only enough to secure a draw, but also a second place in La Liga.

Here are Real Madrid’s best and worst players according to the game 90 minutesplayer ratings of:

Real Madrid’s best player against Athletic Club

Thibaut Courtois – 9/10

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Did Thibaut Courtois expect to have to make seven saves, one of them from a penalty, to ensure Real Madrid didn’t lose on Sunday?

Probably not.

Did he though?


The Belgian proved once again why he is the best goalkeeper around this weekend, making a series of surprising stops to earn Los Blancos what proved to be a crucial point.


Honorable mention

Vinicius Junior – 8/10

It’s officially official: watching Vinicius Junior is the most fun a football fan can have.

The Brazilian was once again Real Madrid’s most powerful striker against Athletic Club on Sunday, causing a stir with his incredible dribbling prowess. Were it not for a poor finishing from Rodrygo, Vini would have ended the game with perhaps the assist of the season to his credit, as he put his Brazilian colleague on the field after a brilliant labyrinth run down the right wing.

Real Madrid’s worst player against Athletic Club

Dani Ceballos – 3/10

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It was basically not Dani Ceballos’ day on Sunday.

Honestly, we’d forgotten he was on the pitch until he was carelessly dispossessed in his back-third ahead of Athletic’s goal. He was hooked shortly after that mistake.

A bad exit.

Disgraceful mention

Dani Carvajal – 4/10

Simply put, Dani Carvajal’s performance was “sloppy”.

His touch was slightly off, his passing was slightly wayward and most of Athletic’s successful attacks came along his flank.

This article was originally posted on 90min.com as Real Madrid’s best and worst players draw with Athletic Club.