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With the goalscorer in fine form as of late, ex-Barcelona striker Sandro Ramirez is hoping he'll find the back of the net against Real Madrid to help his former side complete a dramatic final matchday turnaround.

Los BLancos are still very much in the drivers' seat, and a draw is enough to claim the crown.

"I hope I score and give Barcelona LaLiga," he said. "I hope it is a dream day.

"I owe Barcelona everything so I hope it happens."

The day Varane hung up on Zidane

Back when Raphael Varane was still first starting out, the French defender actually hung up on national hero and legend Zinedine Zidane when the coach was calling to secure his signature.

Unsure at first if it was a joke or not, Varane once learning who it was politely asked to be called at another time.

"I answered the phone not knowing who it was," Varane said on a Real Madrid TV documentary about his career thus far. "I kept listening because I recognised his voice, and that it was Zidane.

"I told him we'd talk some other time, that I couldn't talk at that very moment because I was studying for university entrance exams.

"People later said I was crazy because I hung up on Zidane when he was trying to sign me."

Marcelo has the most assists of any full-back in Europe's top leagues

Wednesday night was a case of the same old story for Real Madrid and in particular Marcelo, who provided his 10th assist of the LaLiga season at Estadio Balaidos.

Celta Vigo were dispatched 4-1 by Los Blancos with the clinching third goal provided by the Brazilian's low ball across the six-yard line, brought about by a sharp turn of pace and tapped home by Karim Benzema.

Of Europe's five major leagues, Marcelo leads the way when it comes to full-backs creating goals and only Neymar, Toni Kroos and Luis Suarez can beat his tally in Spain's top-flight.

His first assist of the season came via a long ball over the top for Alvaro Morata to bag at Alaves' Estadio Mendizorroza and more typical byline crosses have provided Cristiano Ronaldo with finishes in the same game as well as against Granada and Real Betis.

In addition; Osasuna, Valencia, Villarreal, Sporting Gijon, and of course Barcelona have all been victim to the excellent playmaking ability of the 29-year-old.

Cristiano Ronaldo, Kroos and Lucas head to Malaga

Though it was an intense game against Celta Vigo at the Estadio Balaidos, the three Real Madrid players in danger of missing the trip to Malaga all managed to emerge without a yellow card on Wednesday - and so will be in Sunday's squad.

'All to La Rosaleda,' - it could be the title of a film.

Of those who were walking the disciplinary tightrope, two of them were goal scorers against Eduardo Berizzo's side.

The insatiable Cristiano Ronaldo and immaculate Toni Kroos, who between them have scored six of the last eight Real Madrid goals in LaLiga: two for the German and four from the Portuguese.

Zinedine Zidane will therefore be able to count on two players who will surely be decisive in the encounter with Michel's side.

Lucas, who played the last few minutes, will also be available for selection by the Frenchman and Nacho, who wasn't selected against Celta, could form a central defensive pairing with Sergio Ramos.

Gareth Bale is the only player still missing, meaning Zidane has virtually his best squad available.

Zidane patents new style of management

A drastic and bold style of management that boils down to an A-Team/B-Team approach has paid dividends for Zinedine Zidane, as his Real Madrid side near a historic double.

While plenty of supporters and those in the press have suggested changes here and there, the results speak for themselves and have proven the French boss right, since the approach as a whole is sound.

The football on display has been quite different depending on who is involved, and Zizou has proven he has been able to adapt to Gareth Bale's long-term absence.

The 4-3-3 is no longer non-negotiable, and Isco's rise has led to a reshuffling in terms of tactics used and rotations.

Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema too have adapted to a new system without a third forward and extra man in midfield, and their intelligence and movement is only at the helm of the world's elite.

Not since 1958 have Real Madrid lifted both LaLiga and the Champions League - then the European cup - in the same season, and if they do this time around, Zinedine Zidane's new way of managing his squad will be at the forefront.

Monaco reject Liverpool's 75 million euro offer for Mbappe

Although teams like Liverpool are keen on his signature, Monaco have rejected a 75 million offer for Kylian Mbappe and will do whatever it takes to persuade the player to remain in France for the upcoming season, according to the club's vice-president Vadim Vasilyev.

The Reds have expressed their interest on paper, but the boss of the French team, Dimitri Rybolovlev, is convinced that the particular transfer can wait for another year.

As MARCA understands, the offer has been rejected by Monaco, who believe that the price tag carried by their prodigy should read a number above 100 million euros.

The young striker produced exceptional performances, both domestically and in the Champions League, attracting several clubs around Europe and Vasilyev claimed that despite Les Monegasques' undisputed will to retain the player's services, the club will respect his decision.

"[We will] do everything possible [to keep him in the team]," he told Canal +.

"Everything [however] depends on the player's will."

With one game to go for the end of the season, Mbappe has participated in 40 of his team's goals in all competitions, scoring 26 and assisting 14 in 43 games.

Xabi Alonso: I always tried to play pure football

As he prepares to play his final game a a professional, Xabi Alonso revealed that he wants to be remembered as someone who always tried to play pure football the right way.

On Saturday, against Freiburg, the Bayern Munich midfielder will take to the field for the final time, having announced his retirement from the game.

He will then move to Madrid, where he is to eventually train to become a coach, and prior to his last appearance, MARCA asked 14 questions to the legendary No. 14.

It is time for your farewell. How do you think you will react on Sunday?

"It is a question I've asked myself. Little by little, I'm already anticipating the moment but when it arrives, I think it will be a mixture of everything. On one hand, there will be joy at being able to share the moment with everyone I want to but on the other, there will be nostalgia about definitively leaving, it has been such a big part of my life.

"Of course, I will feel sadness but I don't know if I will end up crying, it isn't something you can prepare for. Whatever happens will happen."

How do you think the average fan will remember you?

"As a pure football player. For me, the most important thing has been the game and not all that surrounds it with the media noise and that kind of thing."

"What I liked was to live the atmosphere of football, in different countries, I have great respect for the sport, the opponents, teammates, the game.

"I can't control the general perception of people and I dare not tell them what to think. If I ask myself, how do you think you did? Then I'd say I'm satisfied. I think I did well."

You career was very successful. But tell us something that you would have liked to have won.

"The first thorn in my side is when we almost won LaLiga with Real Sociedad in 2002/03, we fought until the end and had a good chance. Not winning the Premier League with Liverpool is another regret because we won the Champions League, FA Cup and UEFA Super Cup during my time there. We won everything except the Premier League.

"With Bayern, it is obvious that I missed out on the Champions League but then again, if I had won everything then [my career] would have been too complete. In answering the question though, those are the three things that stick with me."

Did you decide to retire out of respect for yourself and the game? You had many offers to keep playing.

"Offers came in but once I made the decision, I didn't entertain them. Being able to retire while still at the top level is something that has been in my mind for a long time."

"I always respected and greatly admired those who did that and always thought, 'I wish I could do it that way!' Fortunately, I've been able to do that. Until last month, I still had a chance to win the Champions League and Bundesliga and consider myself lucky to be playing for a big club and being able to choose this moment to step away."

You followed a strict diet and were very professional even in your personal life. What is the first thing that you will do on Sunday?

"I will buy a motorcycle and ride it, I'm very clear about wanting to do that. A road bike, not one that is too big or too small. I've always liked that, I like the freedom that a motorcycle gives you and I look forward to doing that this summer."

"Now I will also have more time and more weekends free so I'll be able to plan things that I couldn't do until now. A new path is open for me."

You are a respected figure. Why is it a complicated process for you to become a coach in the future?

"I just think about how much I enjoyed football, firstly as a footballer. Right now, I don't have that desire but I wouldn't rule out in the medium to distant future. It is an idea I like but right now, I want to have some quiet time before taking the next step."

If you do become a coach, what do you think your style will be?

"I think I'm going to have that little flaw I had as a midfielder in that I like to control things but in the end, despite the principles and ideas that I may have, it is the players who play. A good coach is the one who knows how to adapt, while also keeping his principles and implementing good game plans and tactics."

You are now going to return to live in Madrid. Were you surprised by the applause of the [Estadio Santiago] Bernabeu for you recently?

"It was very exciting for me. Personally, the game had a lot of extra emotion, not just because of the context of the tie and with the semi-final at stake but given all I had experienced at the Bernabeu on my return to Madrid."

"I was a little surprised and it moved me more than I thought because I was so touched to experience that moment and feel that affection at the Bernabeu, despite coming back with another team. I will always be eternally grateful for that moment."

What did you learn at La Real and why didn't you retire there?

"Ever since I was a little kid at Real Sociedad, my father was a legend at the club and it means everything to me. To be able to become a player there and have that opportunity was really the fulfilment of a dream for me because I didn't think I was going to get that chance."

"Why didn't I retire there? I thought about it a lot as being one way to close the circle but in the end, I made this decision and I do have a little bit of sadness about it."

Was the purity of traditional football very much alive in Liverpool?

"Liverpool has a mystique, a history, a charm that captivates everyone who loves football. It hooked me. I was captivated by Anfield, captivated by the Premier League because I made an effort to succeed there and also because things went very well.

"In my first year there, we won the Champions League! After that I was hooked and once you get hooked on Liverpool, you stay that way for life as all of us who lived it intensely are."

Does Madrid represent greatness?

"Yes, it is like the excellence of football. The club has achieved so much throughout the years and has a great prestige which makes it admired around the world. I have perhaps noticed that more from the outside looking in. When you are inside the bubble, you don't really stop to think about it. It is only when you leave that you realise how big it is. The club is footballing greatness."

Did you expect to play at such a high level at Bayern?

"It was the last big challenge of my career. After leaving La Real, which had been my home and my life, I spent five years at a club like Liverpool with a lot of history and charm.

"Then I moved to Real Madrid and experienced all of the greatness and then finally I had the opportunity, at 32, to enjoy another experience with another giant of world football at Bayern, with all of the power they have in Germany and the ability to represent perfection wherever it goes. I'm very happy with the career I have had."

Did you get the most success at international level?

"That day when we won the World Cup was just a total explosion of joy. The years pass but I'll always remember when we became kings of the world on July 11, 2010 in Johannesburg. Little by little, the years are going by now and some players in that team are already retiring but the feeling is still very strong. It was such a happy era, the golden years of Spanish football."

Finally, what will you feel on Sunday when you no longer have to go to training?

"I know I'm going to miss it. The noise when I hit the ball, the atmosphere in the dressing room, the smell of the grass... I'll miss all of that and I'll have moments of nostalgia and sadness. I'll play some veteran games in order to keep the monkey off my back but it won't be the same. The jersey from my last game on Saturday is going to be for my son Jon."

"He'll be very excited about that and over time, he will value it because I remember a ball that was signed by all of La Real's players who won LaLiga in 1980/81 which was given to myself and my brother.

"The feeling at having that ball was great and now I want to give my son those same emotions with my final jersey."
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