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Ancelotti considers 31-year-old Real Madrid mainstay ‘untouchable’ – report



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MARCA reports that star defender Antonio Rudiger is absolutely untouchable at Real Madrid at the moment. The German international has remained a constant for Carlo Ancelotti this season amid a plethora of injuries in defence.

It is no secret that Real Madrid have been battling a barrage of injuries throughout this season, presenting significant challenges for the team. 

The troubles began early on, as two key defensive pillars, Thibaut Courtois and Eder Militao, suffered ACL ruptures, sidelining them for a considerable period. 

As if this blow wasn’t enough, the misfortune continued to haunt the team when David Alaba succumbed to the same fate later in the season. 

Ancelotti found himself grappling with an ever-changing lineup due to these setbacks and in the face of these adversities, he was compelled to shuffle his defensive options time and again.

Rudiger is untouchable at Real Madrid. (Photo by PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU/AFP via Getty Images)

Players such as Dani Carvajal and Aurelien Tchouameni were thrust into unfamiliar roles at the heart of the defence as part of the manager’s attempts to navigate the injury crisis. 

However, amidst the flux and uncertainty, one name has remained dedicated – Rudiger.

Underappreciated, but equally important

Amidst all the problems that have grabbed the headlines followed by Kylian Mbappe’s potential arrival, the focus has never been on Rudiger. 

Regardless of the situation at hand, it is undeniable that Madrid stand as one of Europe’s strongest defensive units. Their success is not hinged solely on individual brilliance but one still cannot discount what Rudiger brings to the table.

Owing to his presence, Real Madrid’s campaign has thrived on their defensive prowess, showcasing resilience and clubs that few can match.

The former Chelsea man’s consistency and reliability have been a source of stability for the team during tumultuous times and despite the turmoil around him, he has stood firm, providing a reassuring presence in defence. 

Rudiger’s relentless commitment and resilience have hallowed him to both the fans and the coaching staff, earning him a pivotal role in the team’s lineup.

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Revealed: The blueprint behind Real Madrid’s €1 Billion revenue ambition



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As one of football’s biggest and most successful institutions, Real Madrid enjoy serious perks on the economic front. After all, they cater to a worldwide audience and thus see their remunerations come in from across borders.

The arrival of Kylian Mbappe will only serve to further grow Los Blancos’ fanbase, and with a generational squad set to dominate world football for the years to come, Florentino Perez sees a special marketing opportunity.

According to reports from SPORT, Real Madrid have thus set themselves a target to hit €1 billion in revenue and have drawn up a concrete plan for the same.

The player aspect

As a football institution, one of the most significant aspects of remuneration is the team’s direct winnings in terms of prize money. Having won the Champions League last season and with Mbappe coming in, the team is in safe hands.

Moreover, the average age of Real Madrid’s squad is just 27.1 years implies that the team has significant longevity with little change expected in personnel.

The second important aspect that the club hopes to count on is the crowd-pulling factor that such young players exert on the new generation.

Kylian Mbappe will be the face of Real Madrid’s marketing campaign. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

Real Madrid already boast 410.9 million followers on social media and have added 48.4 million just last year. Mbappe, who himself has 132 million followers across Instagram and X, will further amplify that number next season and add to the club’s followers.

It is thus clear that the Frenchman will become the face of the club and the centre for all marketing operations of Real Madrid plan.

The road to €1 billion is thus not complicated, although Perez must be wary that Mbappe is picky with the brands he endorses. Further, the distribution of image rights will be a major factor to finalise.

The new Bernabeu

Having undergone extensive renovation, the New Santiago Bernabeu will take over as the world’s highest-grossing football stadium next season and play a massive role in boosting Real Madrid’s collections. The partnership with Sixth Street and Legends will also be crucial.

Furthermore, the new venue will also serve as a massive economy generator through miscellaneous events. Apart from Taylor Swift, the club also has agreements with Karol G, Aitana, Lola Indigo and La Velada del Ano de Ibai Llanos for exclusive events.

Real Madrid plan to add extra revenue from exclusive events at Santiago Bernabeu. (Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images)

Needless to say, such events will serve significantly to boost the income and near the elusive €1 billion mark.


The final, yet critical manoeuvre Perez plans is to cut the costs on the wage front with a salary reduction of €0% already being made in both 2019-20 and 2020-21. That was, in fact, one of the major reasons Real Madrid stayed on their feet in the pandemic.

Player sales is another element where the men in white have worked their plan, getting rid of the older players while their market value was still high and reinvesting the cash into younger talents who can serve for at least the next decade.

The club recorded north of €800 million in income last year and the €1 billion mark is not too far off. Needless to say, the coming year could thus be special for the men in white.

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