15
Jul

Real Madrid takes over as “world’s most valuable sports team”

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Real Madrid has a history of winning titles and trophies, but they can now add a new title to their resume: world’s most valuable sports team.

The franchise, which has never been shy in acquiring the world’s top players — Zinedine Zidane, Ronaldo, David Beckham, and Cristiano Ronaldo to name a few — surpassed Manchester United after years of looking up at the Red Devils on the list.

From Forbes.com:

[Real Madrid] is now the world’s most valuable sports franchise, worth $3.3 billion, surpassing former No. 1 Manchester United. Los Blancos have the highest revenues of any team in sports ($650 million during the 2011-12 season), and revenues are up 62% over the last three years. Madrid’s operating income (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization and player trading) of $134 million is second only to the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys among sports teams.

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14
Jul

Thiago Alcantara leaves Barcelona for Bayern Munich

Bayern Munich have signed Thiago Alcantara from Barcelona for a reported sum of 25m, the club announced via Twitter Sunday afternoon. The deal doesn’t come as much of a shock; Bayern had been considered front-runners for Thiago’s signature after Pep Guardiola publicly asked the Bayern brass to make the deal happen. Manchester United were also tabbed as hot suitors this summer.

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6
Jul

Iker Casillas, Sara Carbonero to become parents for first time

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Congratulations are in store for one of soccer’s true power couples.

According to Spanish newspaper El Mundo, Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas and Sara Carbonero revealed that they are set to become parents for the first time.

The pair were reportedly tight-lipped about their plans, but recently revealed the news to their closest family and friends earlier this week. Carbonero, a Spanish journalist, is believed to be 13 weeks pregnant.

The news comes after a tumultuous season for Casillas on the pitch, following his strained relationship with former Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho after suffering a hand injury in January and subsequently falling down the pecking order at Madrid.

Despite his uncertain role at Real Madrid, and Spain’s crushing 3-0 Confederations Cup final loss to Brazil last month, the 32-year-old keeper expressed his excitement before departing to a secret vacation destination with Carbonero.

“We’re very happy,” the couple told El Mundo. “I’m going to have a baby from La Mancha,” the Spanish captain added referring to Carbonero’s city of origin.

The couple confirmed their relationship back in 2010, right before Spain’s World Cup run in South Africa. Of course, who can ever forget their iconic smooch after Spain’s World Cup final victory over the Netherlands in thrilling extra time: