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Real Madrid to play at the MCG

24 November 2014, 10:03

Melbourne - European champions Real Madrid will headline a pre-season international tournament at Australia's 100,000-capacity Melbourne Cricket Ground next year, organisers said on Monday.

The glamorous Spanish outfit, featuring Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and James Rodriguez among others, will play the International Champions Cup along with an English Premier League team and Italian Serie A side.

Organisers said the other teams, reported to be Manchester City and Inter Milan, would be revealed in the next few weeks. The tournament will take place from July 18-24.

The round-robin tournament in Australia is an offshoot of the main International Champions Cup which is staged in North America and next year will feature eight teams.

Ten-time European champions Real Madrid were named FIFA's Club of the 20th Century and are worth an estimated $618 million.

Cristiano Ronaldo is the current holder of the FIFA Ballon d'Or handed out annually to the world's best player, while Colombia's Rodriguez was voted the best player at this year's World Cup in Brazil.



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