Mariano, Rodrygo, Figo, Champions League — Real Madrid round-up

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Marcelo and Vinicius

After starting the season 3-0, Real Madrid tied its last La Liga match, settling for a 1-1 draw against Athletic Bilbao.

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has ruled out the possibility of the club featuring in a La Liga fixture in the United States.

Modric captained his country to the World Cup final in Russian Federation, where they lost 4-2 to France.

It took a wonderfully struck free-kick from Isco right at the end of the first half for Real to take a deserved lead, and their dominance continued in the second half. Hopefully we can all be at his level.

Yet the Madrid president recognises the impact the Ballon d'Or holder had on the club.

"I'm very happy with the start, a win and a goal in my opening goal".

However, his teammate Casemiro believes Cristiano Ronaldo is more deserving.

Indonesian teenager survives seven weeks at sea on flimsy fishing hut
Aldi, who spent months at sea as part of his job, survived by catching fish from the sea and using parts of his raft for firewood. Mr Aldi had been contracted to light lamps around the Rompong to attract and trap fish, and only had a walkie-talkie for company.

"Luka's year has been spectacular", the Brazilians told reporters, according to FourFourTwo.

Asked about Cristiano Ronaldo's summer exit from Real, he said, "It would have been a pleasure to play with him", adding: "I want to follow in his footsteps".

"I wasn't nervous at all when they started to criticise us two weeks ago, as if everything was lost and we were dead, and now we are the best in the world", said Atletico defender Juanfran. "The club never said anything to me about it and I didn't have the chance to decide".

A three-goal win against Roma at the Santiago Bernabeu gave three-time reigning European champions Madrid three Group G points in their first game in the competition under new head coach Julen Lopetegui.

His Roma counterpart called Real "a team of champions", saying Ronaldo's 100 million-euro (S$160 million) exit to Juventus was never going to change that.

Lopetegui is yet to declare who is his number one, with Thibaut Courtois having played in the previous two league games after his big-money move from Chelsea. He has instead been playing for Real's reserve side Real Madrid Castilla in the third tier of Spanish soccer. "He wanted to go by subjects people and the most that has gone has been for that amount, we have not had many more offers". That was very important as we weren't able to kill the game off.

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