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Real Madrid plan to host an exhibition match between Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer

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Roger Federer’s decision to retire after the upcoming Laver Cup has taken the sporting world by storm, with many prominent athletes congratulating the Swiss legend on a glittering career that saw him secure 20 grand slam titles.

In light of his decision to retire, Real Madrid are now planning a mega event by pitting Federer against his rival Rafael Nadal, in front of 80,000 odd fans at the Santiago Bernabeu, reports ESPN.

Nadal, who is one of three men’s tennis athletes to secure over 20 grand slam titles, has been one of Federer’s main rivals over the past decade or so.

The two have yielded some of the best tennis matches in history, and although Federer’s rivalry took even Nadal by surprise, Real Madrid plan to hold a final event to celebrate their revered rivalry by hosting a match at Santiago Bernabeu.

Nadal himself may have a significant role to play in hosting the event as the Spaniard is a self-confessed Real Madrid fan.

The tennis legend had also hinted at his desire to become a Real Madrid president in the past, so one would expect him to play a major role in convincing Federer, who holds great respect and an excellent relationship with Nadal.

However, it appears Real Madrid are yet to draw any framework for hosting the game just yet. A lot could unravel in the coming weeks, though in the meantime, Federer will look to shift his focus on the Laver Cup that starts next week.

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UFC Champion to kick off Real Madrid vs Sevilla, sends message to Mbappe: “Lucky to play for the best club in the world”

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Coming on the back of his triumph at UFC, Featherweight champion Ilia Topuria has announced he will take honorary kick-off in the upcoming Real Madrid vs Sevilla in La Liga this weekend.

Topuria confirmed this in a recent press conference in the Spanish capital this midweek.

A self-proclaimed Madridista, Topuria expressed his deep connection with the club and even sent a message to Kylian Mbappe, who is widely expected to join the club on a free transfer this summer.

Ilia Topuria: A hardcore Madridista

Ilia Topuria did not hold back his affection for Real Madrid, stating, “For me, the team that represents the values ​​of Spain the most is Real Madrid.”

The Georgian-Spaniard UFC champion went on to confirm that he will meet Florentino Perez on Sunday and take the kick-off.

“I’m going to meet Florentino Perez on Sunday and take the kick-off,” he said (h/t Mundo Deportivo).

Topuria triumphed over Volkanovski last Saturday. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

Although born in Germany, Topuria made Spain proud last Saturday when he beat Alexander Volkanovski in the second round. In the process, he became the first fighter from Spain to capture a UFC belt.

Topuria’s triumph has granted him overnight success in Spain, with the 27-year-old even becoming a cultural icon for many.

Topuria’s message for Mbappe

Other than professing his love for Real Madrid, Ilia Topuria also had a message for Mbappe.

When asked about the Frenchman potentially joining Real Madrid this summer, he said, “Welcome. He’s lucky to play for the best club in the world.”

Real Madrid, for their part, also congratulated Topuria on his triumph. “Congratulations on your historic triumph for Spanish sport, Ilia Topuria. We are proud that a great Real Madrid fan like you becomes UFC world champion,” the club posted on X.

Real Madrid fans, meanwhile, will be excited to witness Topuria taking the honorary kickoff as Los Blancos take on Sevilla this weekend, with three crucial points on the line.

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