Australians get ready for Real visit

Australians get ready for Real visit


With more than a week to go until Real Madrid head to Australia as part of their pre-season preparations, it is clear to see Aussies are excited about the visit of the 10-time Champions League winners.

Madrid-based daily AS says tickets for the two games due to be held at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) are almost sold out already. Los Blancos take on Roma on July 18 and Manchester City on July 24, and the odds for both games will be on offer before kick off at Paddy Power.

Tickets for the Roma game cost as much as 147 euros, while spectators wishing to watch Real come up against former boss Manuel Pellegrini and his side can expect to pay up to 350 euros. The newspaper says both games should be sold out, with more than 100,000 expected through the turnstiles for both games.

Those figures would beat the current attendance record for a football game in Australia, surpassing the number set when Liverpool beat Melbourne Victory 2-0 in a pre-season friendly.

The MCG is an iconic stadium in Australia and one of the largest sporting venues in the world. It is mostly associated with cricket, but it is also used for Aussie Rules and rugby.

After their trip to Australia, their first to the country, Rafa Benitez and his side will continue their pre-season tour in China before heading back to Europe for a tournament in Munich.