While the Odegaard and Illaramendi story lines are dominating Real Madrid news, there have been some interesting and random musings taking place courtesy of our club's leadership and players:
- Emilio "El Buitre" Butragueño, Director of Institutional Relations, has commended Chicharito's professionalism and contributions despite limited minutes. On a visit to Mexico, the legendary Madrid striker said Javier Hernández has the ability to play at any club, against any opponent, and respond with a high level of performance. Having said that, "El Buitre" also acknowledged that Carlo decides who starts and that breaking into the line-up at the expense of a "BBC" member is very challenging.
- In a weird turn of events, Cristiano Ronaldo allegedly expressed an openness to the prospect of playing in Brazil before retiring. Per the Metro (yes, that always-reliable news outlet), CR7 said the following: "Corinthians and Flamengo are two famous club, I would gladly dress in one of their shirts...In Brazil I have many friends, so my relationship with the country is very good. At Real I have passed many Brazilians, with Kaka one of the people I respect most of all." Unfortunately for Brazilians and Cristiano Ronaldo, the odds of a club south of the Equator being able to afford CR's astronomical fees are slim to none.
- The heartwarming love fest between Carlo Ancelotti and Cristiano Ronaldo continues. In an interview with France Football, fearless leader Carlo Ancelotti has complimented Cristiano Ronaldo by labeling him as the best player he's ever coached. Ancelotti said CR7's success is a product of two things: his natural talent and athleticism, and his tireless work ethic and professionalism. The boss also stated: "He is a model teammate. He loves scoring goals, but he's evolved into more of a team player. Currently, he is the best passer in the Spanish league."