Raphael Varane-one of the most under rated defenders in Europe

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Real Madrid the name itself is a history and in their journey of success they produce the galaxy of stars. From Zinedine Zidane to David Beckham, from Cristiano Ronaldo to Roberto Carlos, from Luis Figo to Raúl González Blanco, this club has seen them all.Hundreds and hundreds of players of players have gone on to represent this club in an international arena.Hundreds and hundreds of players of players have gone on to represent this club in an international arena.

For many of them, playing for this club was the highlight of their career, for which they were applauded by fans worldwide. But, there are some who have not got theirs due even being a heck of a player.Raphael Varane is one of them.The 24 year old French Central defender joined Madrid way back in 2011 under Jose Mourinho.

Varane began his football career at the age of just seven. He showed the first signs of his talent at the Football Training Centre in Liévin (France) and began to develop his outstanding feature as a player, his elegance on the ball. He began to star for the youth teams of Racing Club de Lens and at the age of 17 he made his debut for them in Ligue 1, going on to become one of the stars of the 2010-11 season.After his arrival he showed his potential and abilities.

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He shows this quality on the pitch where his height means he is formidable in the air, as well as being versatile (he can play as a defender and as a defensive midfielder),composed on the ball, a great tactical reader of the game and also unusually mature for his years (he even captained Lens during his spell there).The 24-year-old extended his stay in the Spanish capital until 2022 for his great performance.But despite all of the abilities the French international never got the spotlight he deserved.Varane showed his potential greatly under the French legend Zinedine Zidane.

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Rafael Varane has hailed the impact that Zinedine Zidane has had on his own career, claiming the Real Madrid coach has helped him come out of his ‘comfort zone’.

Varane has won seven trophies during Zidane’s 22-month tenure at the Bernabeu, including a La Liga and two Champions League titles.’He has given me a lot, in my attitude, in my play and in the risks that I take,’ Varane said, via Marca.

‘He is someone that doesn’t allow me to remain in my comfort zone, he has a lot of experience and it is a great opportunity for me to learn from him.’But the defender believes the best is still yet to come from him

‘I have my style of play and people can criticise me for that which is not a problem,’ he said.

‘I try to play to my strengths and I think I am a more rounded player now aged 24 than I was aged 18.

‘In my position you talk about a mature player being around 28 and it is normal that you improve.’