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Transfer Rater: Milinkovic-Savic to Real Madrid

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 By Robbie Dunne

Real Madrid's deals for Julen Lopetegui, Raul de Tomas symbolic of new club direction

The ESPN FC crew assess the timing of Real Madrid's first news conference unveiling new coach Julen Lopetegui after his sacking.
An emotional Julen Lopetegui discusses the pain of his sacking as Spain manager and the pride he has in accepting the Real Madrid job.

When Raul de Tomas hangs up his boots, he wants to be a boxer. He loves the physical aspect of the sport and says he uses it to blow off steam. Before he steps into the ring, though, he has a dream that is more pressing.

"Every night, I go to sleep thinking about being a Real Madrid player," he told Diario AS.

He has a fighting chance to do just that after signing a five-year deal with the club on the back of a stellar campaign with Rayo Vallecano. He scored 24 goals in 32 games, which saw Real...

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Cristiano Ronaldo records: Real Madrid and Portugal legend by the numbers

World Cup: Cristiano Ronaldo (4') Portugal 1-0 Morocco
After two very different opening World Cup matches, the FC guys talk about Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo's differing roles for their national teams.

Cristiano Ronaldo's astonishing career reached new highs on Wednesday with his goal against Morocco at the World Cup.

Ronaldo's early opener made it 85 goals for Portugal, making him the top scoring European in the history of football. 

Here's a look at the other records the Real Madrid legend has and remember -- he's only 25 goals behind Ali Daei (109) as the top scoring footballer ever in internationals. 


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Patrice Evra: If Cristiano Ronaldo invites you over for lunch, just say no

Former Manchester United defender Patrice Evra has advised against accepting post-training lunch invitations from his ex-teammate Cristiano Ronaldo -- as the food will be too healthy and you will end up having to exercise even more.

Evra and Ronaldo were teammates at Old Trafford between 2005 and 2009, as Alex Ferguson's side won trophies including the 2008 Champions League and 2007, 2008 and 2009 Premier League titles.

Discussing Ronaldo's phenomenal hat-trick in Portugal's 3-3 draw with Spain in...

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Transfer Talk: Real Madrid prepare splurge for Serie A stars Alisson, Sergej Milinkovic-Savic

The ESPN FC crew assess the timing of Real Madrid's first news conference unveiling new coach Julen Lopetegui after his sacking.

The transfer window is open, and Transfer Talk has the latest rumours making the rounds. Follow along with our daily blog throughout the summer.

TOP STORY: Madrid prepare double swoop on Rome clubs

Real Madrid have two fresh targets upon appointing Julen Lopetegui as their new manager. Roma goalkeeper Alisson is almost certain to arrive as the replacement for Keylor Navas, despite Liverpool and Chelsea's interest, with Corriere dello Sport reporting that the signing is "only a matter of days."

Meanwhile,...

 By Robbie Dunne

Is Julen Lopetegui the man Real Madrid thought they were getting?

As the manager of Real Madrid, Zinedine Zidane had a terrific knack for making sure he was never the main event. Even when he was the decisive character, it was typically others who made headlines while he made history. He managed to disappear like a gust of wind once he made his mind up that his time at Real Madrid was finished. And the club have been on a mission to replace their former manager with someone as close to the Frenchman in terms of temperament as possible.

It was all very regrettable...

Real Madrid's Julen Lopetegui defiant at presentation as new boss at Bernabeu

The ESPN FC crew assess the timing of Real Madrid's first news conference unveiling new coach Julen Lopetegui after his sacking.
An emotional Julen Lopetegui discusses the pain of his sacking as Spain manager and the pride he has in accepting the Real Madrid job.
The FC crew react to Real Madrid's appointment of Julen Lopetegui as manager, questioning the timing as he prepares to lead Spain at the World Cup.
ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti discusses the tricky situation Julen Lopetegui finds himself in as he coaches Spain before taking over at Real Madrid.
The ESPN FC crew feel Spain must get out to a flying start versus Portugal to silence any doubters following Julen Lopetegui's sacking.

MADRID -- Julen Lopetegui's presentation as Real Madrid coach at the Bernabeu on Thursday evening was just the latest dramatic and startling event in one of the most dramatic and startling weeks in Spanish football history.

Both the new Madrid coach and club president Florentino Perez offered a strong defence of their actions this week -- blaming federation president Luis Rubiales for having completely overreacted to Lopetegui having agreed to take this new job once this summer's World Cup was over.

First...