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Notes & Quotes: September 24, 2018

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FIFA’s TheBEST awards results, plans for Bernabéu revealed, and Asensio asked about Ballon D’Or

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Real Madrid dominant at FIFA’s TheBest awards

Several Real players were recognized at this year’s TheBest awards in London. Modric, Ramos, Marcelo, and Varane were all named to the FIFPro XI.

While he wasn’t with Real last season, Thibaut Courtois took home the best goalkeeper award, despite not being named to the FIFPro XI.

The big news of the night was Luka Modric taking home the men’s player of the year award. Taking two player of the year awards already, one would think Modric is the favorite for the Ballon D’Or now, or at the very least a finalist.

A bit of a shock, Mohamed Salah was given the Puskas award for best goal of the year for his goal against Everton. I didn’t think this was that noteworthy of a goal, it wasn’t even Salah’s best goal as he had more impressive ones against Roma and Tottenham. And, when you have two bicycle kicks as finalists, you can’t really beat those out.

Real Madrid reveals plans for Bernabéu update

Real Madrid have finally approved the refurbishment of the Santiago Bernabéu. The refurb will cost about €525 million, breaking ground next year and taking just over 3 years to complete.

There are quite some interesting new features the Bernabéu will have according to the plan. One is a retractable roof, which will be able to retract in 15 minutes. The stadium will also have a new futuristic look to it that surrounds the entire outside of it. And it appears there will be a video screen of some sort embedded in the outside architecture. The Bernabéu will also have a new video scoreboard that circles the inside of the stadium.

Marco Asensio speaks on his future

Marco Asensio was interviewed recently about the future of his career and some of the achievements that may soon follow.

“The Ballon d’Or? In the end, I dedicate myself and if it arrives, it will arrive.”

“We will see in the future.”

While it is a bit too soon to be talking about Asensio being a Ballon D’Or nominee, he most definitely has the potential to live out this possibility. We’ve seen how good he can be already this year and the sky is truly the limit with him as he looks to become a superstar at Real.

Asensio wasn’t just asked about the Ballon D’Or, he was also asked about a future shirt number.

“They haven’t told me anything to change the number and that’s why I haven’t been able to decide either.”

“Ten is a number that I like, but it’s in the hands of Modric. In the future, I would like it.”

So, clearly, Asensio wants Modric to leave the club.....only joking. Asensio currently wears 20 with the club, and 10 is always a number that is popular for big name players at clubs. Asensio may very well end up being the next wearer of that shirt when Modric retires/leaves from Real Madrid.