Raphaël Varane on Télefoot | February 23, 2014
TF: This [knee] injury was the first challenge of your career?
RV: It’s true that it was a halt, but it wasn’t a useless period. I’ve learned, my mind is stronger. I’ve learned how to handle complicated situations. It’ll serve me in the future. I know my body better. It can help me develop my career.
RV: I learn from Ramos, Pepe and Cristiano. I’m lucky… Arriving at 18 wasn’t easy but each time, inch by inch, I start to assert myself more and more.
TF: Cristiano told me that you’re a fantastic player.
RV: Coming from Cristiano Ronaldo, it’s an honor. Yes, I have a good relationship with him. I learn a lot from him. He’s a great player and professional.
[Rafa also revealed in the interview that the players like to tease Cristiano.]
TF: Who will be the World Cup’s top scorer?
Cristiano Ronaldo’s brace in the Champions League (52’, 89’)
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Karim Benzema’s brace in the CL (13’, 57’)
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"Everyone remembers the moment you burst into tears when you received the Ballon d’Or. Was that a glimpse of the real Cristiano Ronaldo?
I guess a lot of people were surprised by my reaction. But those who are close to me, know that the real Cristiano is who we saw that night – an honest person. It’s not an image that I want to project but it was a special moment because I had my son right by my side. For any father, having a son is an immense thing. That was one of the most beautiful nights of my life. I was full of emotion and I couldn’t contain it. It was natural. Maybe it might happen to me again next year.
Can you understand Ribéry’s disappointment at losing out after enjoying such a great season?
Yes, both he and Messi deserved to win because they have achieved so much – many trophies and they’ve scored lots of goals but it was my turn. The voted for me to win and like them, I had a great year in 2013.
How about Benzema and Varane?
They are both fantastic players and they’re having a great season. Both of them help us to develop as a team. I think this is going to be Benzema’s year. We’re delighted to have him with us at Real Madrid.
How important is Zidane’s presence at Real Madrid?
Carlo Ancelotti is a great coach, I am very happy to be with him and Zidane is doing a great job too. It’s incredible to be able to work with him because he has such a wealth of experience and he knows how to talk to the players. I am very happy here at Madrid and I’m dreaming about winning something this year like the Champions League. Working with Carlo and Zidane improves our chances of being able to reach our objectives.”