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Notes & Quotes: December 3, 2019; Open Thread

Tebas resigns to push for early re-election, Bale laughs off Bernabéu heckles, and Ballon D’Orr nominee results

Ballon D’Or Ceremony At Theatre Du Chatelet : Inside Ceremony In Paris Photo by Kristy Sparow/Getty Images

LaLiga president Tebas resigns, will seek re-election

LaLiga president Javier Tebas announced that he would be stepping down in order to run for immediate re-election. While the four-year term was set to expire in October 2020, Tebas believes the election would be too close to LaLiga announcing its new broadcasting rights next year.

“I have decided to resign from my role as president so that a new electoral process starts, which I plan to run in.”

“I hope to gain support to stay four more years.”

He has served as head of the Spanish league since 2013. He stood unopposed in the 2016 election, which will likely happen again moving forward.

Bale laughs off Bernabéu crowd jeers

One of the trending videos on social media after the weekend, that’s just picking up steam now, is a clip of Gareth Bale warming up prior to subbing in against Sociedad.

This is of course coming off all of the ‘Wales. Golf. Madrid.’ controversy that picked up a couple of weeks ago. Bale appeared to really handle the home crowd’s criticisms, however.

It isn’t surprising that he was able to laugh the crowd off. He has been whistled and jeered at before, so have plenty of other Madrid players.

It is quite funny to see him with that big grin as soon as the boos and whistles start to come his way though. It’s good to know that he is able to shake it off and not let it affect his mentality on the pitch.

Ballon D’Or results revealed in Paris

The 2019 Ballon D’Or 30-man shortlist was revealed on Monday and included two current Real Madrid players.

Eden Hazard, of course with Chelsea last season, finished 13th on the list. Perhaps the biggest flub of the night was Karim Benzema tied at the 26th spot with Gini Wijnaldum. Benzema scored 30 goals across all competitions last season and was arguably Real’s best player during a dreadful season. He should probably have been higher on the list, not that it really matters.

Lionel Messi won his sixth Ballon D’Or, which was presented to him by 2018’s winner Luka Modric. This now breaks the deadlock with Cristiano Ronaldo.

Two Real Madrid players also made the 10-man shortlist for the Kopa Trophy, which is awarded to the best young player in a season. Both Andriy Lunin and Vinicius made the list. Matthijs De Ligt was ultimately given the award after a fantastic season with Ajax. Surprisingly, Luka Jovic was left off despite having a great goalscoring season with Frankfurt.

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