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Notes & Quotes: March 24, 2020; Open Thread

Another former club president hospitalized with coronavirus, Lewandowski talks about former Madrid links, and Asensio wins video game charity tournament

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Lewandowski says Ramos and Ronaldo tried to convince him to join them in Madrid

Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski was recently interviewed by Spanish outlet Sport (via AS). In the interview, he was asked whether or not there was any truth to the rumors that he had been asked by Cristiano Ronaldo and Sergio Ramos to join Real Madrid after the two clubs faced off in the 2017 Champions League quarter-final.

“Yes. You can go to the Spanish league or to one in another country, another great club. But, for me it was not the most important thing.”

“Where I am I have been able to reach my maximum level and I want to continue doing well.”

It would have been very interesting to see a talent like Lewandowski alongside Ronaldo at the Bernabéu. I remember very clearly reports that said Lewandowski would join Real Madrid just a few years ago. Those, of course, ended up not coming to fruition.

You can’t say it was really a mistake that he hasn’t left Bayern. He’s won several Bundesliga titles and he continues to be a prolific goalscorer at 31. He’s one of the best strikers of this generation and it would have been a pleasure had he listened to two club legends and made the move.

Asensio wins FIFA 20 charity tournament to raise funds for coronavirus fight

Marco Asensio made headlines over the weekend after he took part in and won the La Liga Santander Challenge Cup that was intended to raise funds in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

Asensio defeated Leganés Aitor 4-2 in the FIFA 20 final. The tournament raised over €140,000 for the cause.

The tournament was a joint effort between La Liga, MARCA and Spanish video game streamer Ibai Llanos. The 24-year-old victor took to Twitter to share his thoughts on the competition and the win.

“It has been a spectacular tournament. The goal was to have a good time, laugh, entertain ourselves in these difficult times for everyone, and donate in the fight against COVID-19. And we have succeeded. Congratulations @IbaiLlanos, and all who have made it possible.”

“First title in the history of #LaLigaSantanderChallenge for home, @Real Madrid. Thank you all for the great support received. ¡Hasta el final, vamos Real!”

This was a great gesture by all parties involved to help fight against a worldwide issue that thousands are facing currently. Asensio showed that even away from the pitch he still has the champion mentality to help fight for a great cause.

Another former Real Madrid president reportedly hospitalized due to coronavirus

Unfortunately, I have to finish off this edition of notes and quotes with some more serious news.

According to MARCA, former Real Madrid president Fernando Martín Álvarez has been admitted to a hospital in Madrid after exhibiting coronavirus symptoms.

The 72-year-old served as the club’s president after Florentino Perez resigned in 2006. He was then succeeded by Ramón Calderón just a couple of months after assuming the role as president.

This is serious news as Real Madrid just lost a former president in Lorenzo Sanz to coronavirus. Martín is also at more of a risk given his age, which makes it especially concerning.

Of course, we hope that he is able to fight this virus off successfully and he is able to make recovery after being admitted to the hospital.

Hopefully, in the coming days and possibly weeks we see that he is doing well because this is a very serious matter. I send my very best wishes to him at this time.

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