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Notes & Quotes: January 25, 2019; Open Thread

Ramos speaks on his use of the Panenka, Pogba’s brother alludes to possible future in Spain, and Real take back a record

Real Madrid v Girona - Copa del Rey Quarter Final Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images

Ramos speaks on his use of the Panenka in penalty kicks

Sergio Ramos was interviewed after Thursday’s 4-2 Copa del Rey win over Girona. In that match, Ramos would take another penalty kick where he would elect to use the Panenka. He was asked about it in the postmatch conference.

“Taking a penalty in this manner is a way of expressing my individuality and the good moment I’m living through.

“I’m in a very comfortable personal moment right now.”

“These penalties keep coming, but I can’t get used to taking them in this way. I’ll have to put it to one side.”

Ramos has been successful in the few times he has used the Panenka during a penalty kick, he’s used it at least twice this season already. Without Ronaldo, he is now the club’s primary penalty kicker. He has been more than effective, he’s shown a perfect 7-for-7 ratio this season.

While the Panenka is obviously named after a player, Ramos has begun to associate with it more and more. So, there is that sense of individuality that Ramos has created for himself. His two goals Thursday night showed that he indeed appears to be in a good, personal place right now, it’s absolutely reflecting in his game.

Pogba’s brother alludes to Pogba eventually moving to Spain in his career

Florentin Pogba, Paul Pogba’s older brother, was recently interviewed by AS and asked about his brother’s future in football. He gave his beliefs on what will happen next in Paul’s career.

“We like tiki-taka. Whenever I can, I watch their [Barcelona] games or go to the Camp Nou.”

“When my brother leaves Manchester United, there are only three clubs he can go to improve: City, Real Madrid or Barca. He’s not going to go to City, so he’ll come to Spain, to Barca or Madrid.”

”When he was at Juventus, he could have gone to Barcelona, but he was determined to return to Manchester United, where it hadn’t worked out for him first time around. There was also movement when Zidane was in charge, but he had his heart set on going back to England.”

Well, at least in Florentin Pogba’s opinion his brother will eventually move on from Manchester United at some point down the line. There has always been rumors of Paul eventually moving to Barcelona or Real Madrid, which Florentin alluded to here.

We’ll have to see what ends up happening, I wouldn’t count anything happening soon. Paul Pogba seems to have found his game under Ole Solskjaer at Manchester United. Seems all that he needed to regain his confidence and form was for Mourinho to finally leave.

Real Madrid retake record for world’s highest-earning club

Some financially positive news recently came out about last season’s earnings for Real Madrid from Deloitte Football Money League.

Real made around €750 million in revenue last season, retaking the world spot from Manchester United who dropped to third in world revenue. This is also a record amount of earnings and Real Madrid are now the first to break it.

This is the 12th time in their history, at least since Deloitte has recognized this achievement, that Real have finished at the top of the world in revenue.

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