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Real Madrid youngster elated after first-team debut vs Cacereno: “Dream come true”

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Real Madrid were made to suffer by local favourites Cacereno on Tuesday night in a Copa del Rey Round of 32 game that involved few chances. In the end, a well-worked finish by Rodygo Goes helped Los Blancos secure a place in the next round.

While the match had a host of storylines in itself, one of the most special ones was that of Alvaro Rodriguez.

The 18-year-old striker, who plays for Castilla under Raul Gonzalez, came on for the last 22 minutes of the night to make his first-team debut and recorded one shot, two clearances and a tackle.

Alvaro Rodriguez has been with Real Madrid since 2020 when he arrived from the Girona youth setup. The young Uruguayan has scored nine goals in 31 matches for Castilla and got his big break for the Merengues’ first-team setup last night.

The debutant spoke to the media about his unexpected debut after the full-time whistle and, poured out his unfiltered emotions. Completely overwhelmed by the weight of the moment, he detailed how it was one of his biggest dreams to represent Real Madrid’s first team.

“Today, I achieved the dream I have longed for ever since I was a kid. I’m so proud, I can’t put into words how I’m feeling right now.”

Carlo Ancelotti trusted the teenager to strengthen the on-field force and brought him on in the second half. The player expressed his gratitude to the manager and gave a special mention to the others that helped him along the journey.

“I’d like to thank Ancelotti for giving me the opportunity, and my family and my girlfriend as well. I have to mention my coach at Castilla, Raúl, who has been central to this.

To share the field with one’s childhood idols is an event very few footballers get to experience in their lives. Rodriguez then spoke about how he was blessed to be one of the few who got such a chance and said, 

“I’ll always remember this moment. It’s a really special day for me and I’ll always cherish it. It’s an incredible experience. I still can’t believe it. It’s a dream come true to play with the players I admire. They’re my idols. A few years ago, I was watching them on TV.”

Finally, the academy graduate opened up on the struggles faced by the team in the opening period and explained how they were forced to change their approach to exploit their opponent’s weaknesses.

“We tried to play in the first half, but then we realised that it wasn’t possible. We changed the way we played and hit long balls forward to create chances. We managed to get the win in the end.”

Source: Real Madrid official website

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  1. Juan.P.Gorriz

    January 5, 2023 at 5:06 pm

    Real Madrid ought to sign Firmino as cover for Benzema.This gay has his pockets full of goals and will be a great cover until Endrich is ready!!

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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.

Cost-cutting

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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