Much of the focus in recent days has been on the Real Madrid attacking trio of Karim Benzema, Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo.
Today it is the turn of goalkeeper Diego Lopez to take centre stage. Madrid-based daily Marca has the shot stopper on its front page with the headline ‘Doubling his salary’. Such has been the form of Lopez this season that the debate over whether he or Iker Casillas should play seems to have quietened down.
According to Marca, Lopez with earn 4.5 million euros a season, with his contract set to end in 2017.
AS goes with a the huge poster of Ronaldo in his underwear on its cover – and says the star is in better shape and better form that he’s ever been in. The poster of the Portuguese star currently adorns the front of the town hall in Madrid and causes much commotion, particularly amongst his female fans.
In the calendar year so far, the 28-year-old has scored 56 goals – 13 more than Lionel Messi. His hattrick against Sevilla on Wednesday night was his 22nd for Los Blancos in just over four seasons. And he overtook Real Madrid legend Ferenc Puskas in the list of all time league goalscorers for the club.
With the nominations for the Ballon D’or having been announced, Marca held a poll amongst its readers as to who should be nominated for the final three. Unsurprisingly, Ronaldo and Messi make the list, and they are joined by Frank Ribery – who played a crucial role in Bayern Munich’s treble success last year.