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With Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale set to play against Galatasaray in the Champions League, Real Madrid will travel to Istanbul with the most expensive attacking lineup in football history.
Ronaldo renewed his contract with Madrid on Sunday, and he has now set his mind on winning another European Cup.
''I don't have doubts that sooner or later the 10th European Cup will arrive and I am convinced that it will be this year,'' Ronaldo said.
However, Madrid will be without midfielder Xabi Alonso, who is sidelined with a broken foot. The 31-year-old Spaniard's absence was noticeable against Villarreal over the weekend as Madrid dropped points and is now fourth in the league behind Atletico Madrid, Barcelona and Villarreal.
Although Diego Lopez did well in Saturday's 2-2 draw, Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti has said Iker Casillas will be in goal against Galatasaray.
The Turkish team boasts a good home record, losing only two of its last 14 home European matches, but Ronaldo is also in good form with 21 goals in his previous 19 Champions League outings.
Now that Ancelotti has sold Mesut Ozil to Arsenal, the German player's pinpoint passes look likely to be replaced by explosive attacking runs and fierce crosses into the box.
Bale scored in his debut with Madrid against Villarreal, knocking a cross into the net.
''Proud to score on my debut,'' Bale said in a tweet, adding ''just disappointed not to get the result. Looking forward to Tuesday now.''
Madrid has lost in the semifinals of the lucrative competition in the last three seasons, last season to Borussia Dortmund.
''Real Madrid have not made it into the final of the Champions League since 2002 and that's amazing when you think about it,'' Ancelotti said. ''I think it's been too long for a club of Madrid's stature.''
In the other group match, FC Copenhagen will host Juventus.
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Real Madrid says Cristiano Ronaldo is set to renew his contract with the Spanish club.
Madrid says on its club website that it will hold a press conference on Sunday for ''the renewal of Cristiano Ronaldo.''
The club has not disclosed the length or financial details of the new contract.
The Portugal forward's current contract expires in 2015.
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Cristiano Ronaldo is staying put.
The soccer superstar signed a three-year contract extension with Real Madrid on Sunday. The new deal pays Ronaldo £14.25 million ($22.6 million) per year and runs until 2018, according to the BBC.
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Cristiano Ronaldo has agreed a new five-year deal at Real Madrid worth 90million euros (over £76m) to make him the world’s best-paid footballer and ensure he stays with the Spanish giants.
Real confirmed on their official website that the Portuguese would sign his new contract alongside president Florentino Perez at the Santiago Bernabeu at 12.45pm (BST) on Sunday.
Gareth Bale should be careful, or else Real Madrid fans will expect him to score every game.
On Saturday, the Welsh attacker scored 38 minutes into his debut with the Spanish club. He slid home Daniel Carvajal‘s cross to tie Real Madrid’s game against Villareal at 1-1 and helped the club earn a hard-fought draw on the road (the game finished 2-2). He then hugged teammates before...
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Gareth Bale scored a goal in his debut appearance for Real Madrid.
The Welshman, who started the game on the right wing, scored in the 38th minute after an excellent pass by Carvajal. Bale’s goal was a simple tap in, but it was an important one as it helped Los Blancos equalize in a game that they were losing 1-0 after Cani scored in the 20th minute.
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Manchester United bid €150million for Gareth Bale in the summer transfer window, according to a report today in L’Equipe newspaper.
On Friday, Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti said:
“I know that Tottenham had a higher bid than Real Madrid’s for Gareth Bale.”
L’Equipe reports that, according to their sources, Manchester United was the club who bid approximately €150million...
Cristiano Ronaldo extended his contract with Real Madrid, becoming one of the most or the most high paid football player in the world.
Hopefully I’ll retire in Real Madrid. It’s a very special day for me and it’s a privilege to continue in this house, which has given me many things. We came to an agreement that I’m happy with and for me it’s as if today were my first...
In the wonderful build-up to Galatasaray’s match against Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions League today, the Galatasaray fans unveiled an incredible tifo behind one goal that practically took up an entire end of the stadium.
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Gareth Bale marked his Real Madrid debut with a goal, but his new club failed to match Barcelona and Atletico Madrid, who both extended their winning start to the campaign to four games.
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CL: Galatasaray 1-6 Real Madrid
Ancoletti reaction after the game
“The match was good and the result is fantastic. After Isco’s goal the match was straightforward. We defended well and then with the counterattack when Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo have a good night, it is very easy. Winning at this ground is not easy, there is a lot of pressure, and it is good to improve our...
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