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Official: Real Madrid squad list to face Sevilla



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After clinching back-to-back impressive wins against Barcelona and Elche, Real Madrid will face off against Sevilla at the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday.

With Barcelona securing a win against Villarreal on Thursday, Los Blancos’ lead at the top of the table is back to three points and they must pick up a win at the Bernabeu to restore their six-point cushion over their eternal rivals.

Heading into the game versus Sevilla, Los Blancos have released the squad list for the encounter.

And the big news for Real Madrid is that Thibaut Courtois has returned to the squad, with manager Carlo Ancelotti already confirming that the Belgian will start against Los Nervionenses.

This will be Courtois’ first match for the Merengues after the international break, with the 29-year-old having been sidelined with sciatica.

Dani Ceballos and Mariano Diaz also remain unavailable as they continue to recover from their respective injury issues.

Just a while ago it was reported that Karim Benzema had injured himself in training and could miss the game against Sevilla. However, it seems that it was just false alarm as the Ballon d’Or winner has been named on the squad list by Ancelotti.

Elsewhere, there are no other surprises in the squad called up by Ancelotti, with the familiar faces making the list.

The manager also hinted that he could keep rotation at a minimum for Saturday’s encounter even though Real Madrid played on Wednesday night. So, the likes of Eduardo Camavinga, Nacho and Eden Hazard will again have to contend with minutes off the bench.

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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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