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The W - Sports that aren't Baseball, Football, Basketball, or Hockey - Does anybody understand Real?
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Since: 6.1.02
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OK. So Real Madrid pays 30 million for Robinho. 25 Million for Baptista. So now they have 5 world-class stikers (Raul, Robinho, Ronaldo, Baptista, and Michael Owen) that they're paying God knows how much money, for 2 positions. Does this make any sense to anyone else? Owen's probably heading out, but the other four are almost certainly staying put (maybe not Raul). Can Baptista play attacking midfielder maybe? Of course then he takes Zidane or Beckham's position.

In short, I really don't get it. Anyone? I say despite all of this, Real finishes third.



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Real has so much money to throw around they might as well have four or five world-class strikers

I don't necessarily think it's a good idea, but it is understandable when you think of how many games they play in a season -- league, local cup, Champion's league ... They could rotate their starting strikers to keep them fresh, injuries aren't so much of a worry, they can throw some pretty amazing substitutes on the field if they're down by a goal or two ...

I agree that it's not really a winning makeup for a team. They have too many stars and not enough lunch-bucket players. But that's what happens when the marketing department of your team makes the personnel decisions.

I think that Owen's days are numbered in Real though. He's gonna head back to an English team sooner rather than later.





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I thought Beckham still wanted to come here and play in the states? How long does Madrid have him for?

I wonder if he'll complain about other players spitting on him this week?



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Since: 23.5.02
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Why would they need all these strikers for. Unless they start playing the game with 5 balls, its dumb to pay people 55 million just to sit on the bench.

And wasn't there talks of Owen to Liverpool?




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Seems to me the cost of having these guys on the team would be recouped many times over with the publicity and merchandise sales and touring fees and tv money and all that they can attract with those names.



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    Originally posted by ICEMAN
    And wasn't there talks of Owen to Liverpool?



Current rumors are Owen to either Man U or Newcastle. I'd love to see him in the Premier League and would prefer Newcastle, just for balance of power's sake.



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There always been a school of thought that says Real got Beckham a lot less because they needed him and a lot more to help their marketing stratagy in Asia.

Owen's gone. They'll probably still start Raul and Ronaldo. If Ronaldo doesn't get back in top form pretty soon though I'd imagine he'd be on his way to Serie A.



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Ronaldo is a dead cert to start, but I wouldn't be so sure on Raul. He had a pretty poor return (goals per game wise) last season, and I can see him quite easily dropping to third or fourth choice behind the two new guys.

The only reason Madrid will not sell Raul (unlike Owen) is because the fans regard him as "Mr. Real" and would be up in arms at the merest hint of it - after all, he's pretty much the only attack minded Spaniard in the squad.
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No way will Real sell Raul, he's untouchable. I think they're planning on playing Baptista in an attacking midfield kind of role, rather than an out-and-out striker (maybe Robinho, too). Newcastle haven't got a prayer of signing Michael Owen, no european competition.
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