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Bernabéu Bites January 12th, 2015: The FIFA Ballon D'Or Day

Thirteen members of Real Madrid squad could get some recognition in the FIFA gala that will be held in Zurich.

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  • Cristiano Ronaldo will likely receive his third Ballon D'Or in a gala that will start at 18:00 CET in Zurich, but that is not the only trophy that will be delivered today. James Rodríguez could be awarded the FIFA Puskas Award for the best goal in year 2014 for his amazing long shot against Uruguay, in the World Cup Round of 16, and Carlo Ancelotti confronts Diego Simeone and Joachim Löw for the FIFA 2014 Best Manager Award. Besides, twelve Real Madrid players (Casillas, Carvajal, Ramos, Pepe, Varane, Marcelo, Kroos, James, Modric, Bale, Benzema and Bale) have a chance to get into to FIFA FIFPro World XI 2014, which is also the last individual recognition that Ángel Di María and Xabi Alonso are likely to win in their careers.

  • FC Barcelona beat Atlético de Madrid by 3 to 1 in a not-violent-at-all game last night, with a great performance by our beloved Undiano Mallenco, as it is hard to guess whether culés or colchoneros ended with a higher wave of madness (although, surprisingly, Simeone claimed in the post-match press conference that Undiano had done a great job). Therefore, Real Madrid are now one point ahead of FC Barcelona and four points ahead of Atlético de Madrid in the league table, still with one game in hand.
  • Los Blancos believe they can beat Atlético de Madrid next Thursday and move on to the Copa del Rey quarterfinals, and they want their fans to set the right atmosphere for the game. Álvaro Spartan Arbeloa started to promote the hashtag #remontada with this video yesterday. Gareth Bale is on the same page:
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="es"><p>Feels good to get back to winning ways, need to keep this going to Thursday! <a href="">#HalaMadrid</a> <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; Gareth Bale (@GarethBale11) <a href="">enero 11, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//" charset="utf-8"></script>

  • Real Madrid Castilla beat Atlético de Madrid "B" by 4 to 2 yesterday in Valdebebas in the Alfredo di Stéfano Stadium, with a brace by Álvaro and goals by De Tomás and Benavente. The white youngsters have buried their bad start and now sit on the third position of their division, so their promotion options remain intact.
  • And the Tweet of the Day award goes to... Phil Kitromilides!
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="es"><p>Arda Turan&#39;s Hips Don&#39;t Lie eh Gerard?</p>&mdash; Phil Kitromilides (@PhilKitro) <a href="">enero 11, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//" charset="utf-8"></script>

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