A unique referee’s head-camera has allowed fans to get up close and personal with Real Madrid stars, like never before, in a potentially game-changing video gizmo.
Referee Allen Chapman was equipped with a camera during the pre-season friendly between MLS All Stars and Real Madrid, which took place at Soldier Field in Chicago earlier this month.
The match finished 1-1 but Los Blancos eventually prevailed 4-2 on penalty kicks, with the key moments – including player-referee confrontations – captured quite brilliantly.
When you watch it, it gives you the feeling that you’re on the pitch.
The likes of Toni Kroos, Marcelo and Gareth Bale all featured for the Whites, while David Villa, Bastian Schweinsteiger and former Real man Kaka turned out for the opposition.
We’re sure, like we were, you’ll be fascinated by this video footage – watch below:
Cristiano Ronaldo is expected to be in contention to make his first full start of the season as Real Madrid take on bitter rivals Barcelona in the opening leg of the Spanish Super Cup in Catalonia on Sunday evening.
The Los Blancos club legend was in good spirits as he was pictured alongside fellow stars Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale at Real’s Valdebebas complex – before Zinedine Zidane’s men travel to Barcelona.
Ronaldo came off the bench as a second-half substitute for a short cameo appearance as the Whites defeated Manchester United in the UEFA Super Cup on Tuesday.
The 32-year-old is closing in on full fitness after only returning to training on August 6.
According to AS, Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has signed an extension to his current contract at the Santiago Bernabeu.
The Frenchman, who joined the Whites in January 2016 and has since delivered back-to-back Champions League titles and a La Liga crown, has now committed his future until at least 2021.
Zidane’s existing deal was due to end in June 2018 but Real Madrid have been quick to tie down their club legend turned coach who has proved to be a huge success in the dugout.
As reward for his achievements to date, club president Florentino Perez is thought to have doubled Zidane’s £3.6m annual salary.