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I really don't like starting things off with things I consider 'bad' news. But according to this report, Cristiano Ronaldo could end up missing this weekends tie with Levante UD. Of course this is another site quote Marca so, take as you will. But there is no doubt that CR7 was roughed up during the Champions League match up with Dinamo Zagreb. So we'll have to wait until tomorrow to see if holding him out comes true.
Speaking of CR7, Ricardo Carvalho recently appeared on Real Madrid TV and called for more protection when it comes to Real Madrid's leading scorer.
"Cristiano suffered a lot of fouls, we feel as if the referee didn't help us at all. Cristiano has got his ankle in a bad way and it hurts him, so it is normal that he is angry," Carvalho was quoted as saying by Xinhua. "We all feel bad for him because he is very important for us and you have to protect a player like that, although sometimes that doesn't happen," continued Carvalho.
"It is good for football that good players are present, Cristiano takes a lot of hits and he feels them all the day after," said the defender, who was pleased at his side's start to the season. "In order to grow, we need to win matches and we want to grow," he said.
There's been a lot of talk about Mesut Ozil in recent days around here, and else where as well. This is a great article about how Ozil represents the past, present and future of Real Madrid.
Ozil’s gifts are unique. That breed of a midfielder is rare to find; a player who will forego a gaping goal to lay on the ball for an onrushing - and usually better placed - teammate. For the former Werder Bremen wonder boy, that vision and awareness of what is around him comes naturally.
Some of the financials have come out regarding the 2010/2011 term, and it seems that Real Madrid have once again posted a record amount of revenue. This isn't surprising at all, and this with only claiming on trophy last season - that we promptly ran over. When you talk about a global brand - you think of teams like Real Madrid, Manchester United and the like.
The world’s richest club says it earned €480.2million (£418.9million) for a net gain of €31.6million (£27.5million). The net profit margin was also up from €24million (£20.9million) the season before.
Madrid also says its net debt dropped from €244.6million (£213.4 million) to €169.7million (£148million).
Lets go back to Ricardo Carvalho's appearance on Real Madrid TV, not only as we discussed above called for more protection in regards to CR7, but he's one of the few players on the Real Madrid squad that have played for manager Jose Mourinho at FC Porto, Chelsea FC and at Real Madrid. Of course the veteran center back had nothing but praise for the Special One.
"He works on every single detail and very well on a daily basis. He wants you to improve every day. It’s only normal that you grow as a player, and also as a man, when you work with him. I’m very proud of working with him for such a long time. It’s special to be next to him.
"He wants to do well every day. He works hard to improve daily. You can’t afford to make mistakes. He says, "No, you can’t make mistakes. You have to focus on your game at all times and train to be better." All players that work with him can improve, provided they listen and train well."
If you missed Real Madrid's Champions League match up, here are the highlights.