Spain’s most sold newspaper, Marca, claims today that Real Madrid will offer Pepe a salary rise. The Portuguese defender, who is earning around four million euros a year, will receive a one million rise, according to the Madrid daily.
Marca also reports that former Real Madrid defender and assistant coach Aitor Karanka has signed as new Middlesbrough manager. The other main Madrid sports paper, As, also brings this news to its front page, pointing out “Boro is 16th in the British second division and Karanka has signed for two and a half years.”
As main focus in their front page is about the fight for the Ballon d’Or. The newspaper claims that this week could be decisive for Frank Ribery and Cristiano Ronaldo to earn the award, since they are both playing the qualifier for the 2014 World Cup.
Meanwhile, Marca emphasizes the fight between Ronaldo and Ibrahimovic: “Only one will be in the World Cup,” they title. “Only two days left for the clash between Portugal and Sweden and Cristiano started training in the gym yesterday,” they report.