After a slow start at Barcelona, Luis Suarez now has a strike rate comparable to Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, while his selfless style has also helped instill a spirit of camaraderie within their deadly attack.
Martin Odegaard has been touted as the next big thing in football. And on Wednesday, the 16-year-old will get to sit on the Real Madrid bench when the Spanish giants host Almaria. It will serve as a big step in the Norwegian prodigy's progression in the Real ranks, which certainly boast of a ensemble of Galaticos.
Former Real Madrid Mexican striker Hugo Sanchez has praised his compatriot "Chicharito" Hernandez, who he described as a "more decisive" player in comparison to Karim Benzema, who he does not consider "a natural goal-scorer."
Norwegian teenage sensation Martin Odegaard could make his first appearance for Real Madrid when the European champions host Almeria on Wednesday after being included in Carlo Ancelotti`s squad for the first time.
Karim Benzema looks set to join Luka Modric and Gareth Bale on the sidelines for Real Madrid`s decisive Champions League quarter-final, second leg clash with Atletico Madrid on Wednesday with a knee problem.
Holders Real Madrid and city rivals Atletico emerged from Tuesday`s tempestuous 0-0 Champions League quarter-final draw knowing that Real left back Marcelo and Atletico midfielder Mario Suarez are out of next week`s return leg.
At 9 pm local time on Sunday, 98,000 fans at the Camp Nou Stadium here and a worldwide television audience of around one billion will watch what has become the most important club game in the world as FC Barcelona entertain arch-rivals Real Madrid in a game which has become known as 'El Clasico'.
Two-goal Cristiano Ronaldo may have become the record scorer in European competition on Tuesday but the Real Madrid forward was left seething by another poor performance from the stuttering European champions.
Schalke 04 coach Roberto Di Matteo was finding it hard to take in how his team managed to score four goals at Real Madrid on Tuesday but still failed to get past the holders into the Champions League quarter-finals.
Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti admitted he is at a loss to explain the European champions dramatic slump in form as they sneaked into the quarter-finals of the Champions League despite losing 4-3 to Schalke on Tuesday.
European champions Real Madrid will expect to take another step closer to becoming the first team in 25 years to retain the Champions League when they host Schalke on Tuesday holding a 2-0 lead from the first leg of their last 16 tie.