Soc­cer su­per­stars whip up frenzy

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

MEL­BOURNE sports fans have started mov­ing to a Span­ish beat with the ar­rival of Euro­pean soc­cer power Real Madrid ahead of a his­toric tour­na­ment at the MCG.

The Span­ish giants who earn com­bined wages of more than $ 200 mil­lion have whipped up a soc­cer frenzy since hit­ting town and yesterday wasted no time brush­ing up their sublime skills.

Hours af­ter touch­ing down in Mel­bourne the team took to AAMI Park for a closed ses­sion with megas­tar Cris­tiano Ron­aldo in the thick of the ac­tion.

As ex­cite­ment builds for the first of three In­ter­na­tional Cham­pi­ons Cup matches start­ing on Satur­day, ticket sales yesterday sur­passed 200,000 and fans were urged to get in quick to se­cure their seats.

Sup­port­ers will have to wait un­til Fri­day be­fore they get a proper glimpse of the team at an open train­ing ses­sion at the MCG from 10.30am.

Pic­ture: AFP

DOWN UN­DER: Cris­tiano Ron­aldo of Real Madrid trains in Mel­bourne.

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