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Real Madrid manager has decided his starting goalkeeper for the UCL final – report



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The 2023-24 season for Real Madrid will go down as one of the team’s most historic runs, especially given the adversity they had to overcome.

Los Blancos have been close to flawless all season, and barring two defeats to Atletico Madrid, have a spotless record. Considering that they played almost the entire campaign with Thibaut Courtois and Eder Militao injured only goes to show the team’s greatness.

Both players have now successfully returned from their ACL injuries and are working hard to recover their best version. With La Liga won, after all, the conditions are amicable to work towards match-fitness.

The target is clear

Thibaut Courtois made his awaited return from injury in Real Madrid’s clash against Cadiz and has started for the team every league game since.

He was, however, understandably dropped against Bayern Munich considering the weight of the game and his relative lack of match fitness.

According to reports from Jose Luis Sanchez, however, the club have a massive goal in mind concerning the Belgian star’s return.

Courtois over Lunin against Dortmund. (Photo by Florencia Tan Jun/Getty Images)

Ancelotti and Co. plan to hand Courtois the start against Borussia Dortmund in the UCL final next month and all hands are on deck to get the player ready in time.

Back to his monstrous best

It only took Courtois three games to get back to his blistering best for Real Madrid, and his performance against Alaves would have given the management sufficient confidence in his level.

In 90 minutes on the night, the Belgian star recorded a stunning 10 saves including five from inside the box. In the process, he denied an xG of 1.59 and maintained a clean sheet for his side.

With two more games to go in La Liga before the UCL final, the manager has decided to give Courtois the start against Real Betis and Dortmund.

His presence at Wembley, needless to say, can prove game-changing as was the case the last time the team played a European final.

If true, Lunin will play his final game of the season for the team against Villarreal tomorrow.

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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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