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An extraordinary statistic has revealed that Gareth Bale has only played 57 per cent of available minutes since joining Real Madrid.

It means that the Welshman has missed a total of 9,346 minutes since joining La Liga giants for a world record £85million transfer fee in 2013, according to AS .

The lost minutes can largely be attributed to the long list of injuries Bale has suffered.

Since arriving at the Bernabeu, Bale has endured 11 different injuries. Ankle and calf problems in particular have hampered the 28-year-old over the past few seasons.

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Real Madrid defender Dani Carvajal has said “nobody doubts” Cristiano Ronaldo as he heads into his 400th game for the club on the back of a frustrating run of form.

Ronaldo has yet to score in La Liga this season, having missed the first four games through suspension and had 18 unsuccessful shots in the recent games against Real Betis and Alaves.

Madrid travel to Borussia Dortmund for a Champions League game on Tuesday — Ronaldo’s 400th game — and speaking at the prematch news conference, Carvajal said: “Nobody doubts Cristiano.

“I have the good luck to enjoy him all year — every training session is spectacular.

“He always pulls us along, and the shots will end up going in. Whenever he does not score for a while, he ends up shutting us all up.”

Madrid have kept just one clean sheet in their first six La Liga games, falling seven points behind leaders Barcelona, but Carvajal said he believed Zinedine Zidane’s side would solve those problems.

“If I knew why I would tell the boss and we’d correct it,” he said. “We have conceded goals — it is something we must correct. But we are at the start of the season, and we will get tighter at the back.”

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Real Madrid are already seven points off the pace in La Liga Getty Images

Coach’s column: The Spanish and European champions are guilty of being too anxious to right their wrongs. Pako Ayestaran believes they should take a leaf out of their old rivals’ book

A few years ago, there was a celebrated and successful player I was working with, and despite his status in the game he used to always get very worried when he was coming back from injury. In fact, that very status almost made him more anxious. He was worried about living up to expectations of him.

It is something that has come to mind when watching Real Madrid in what has been a stuttering start to the season from a team that is just so good. Given how sensationally they started the campaign with the Super Cup win over Barcelona too, it feels like the initial dip in results has got to them, and that there is now an anxiety – and damaging self-perpetuating impatience – about putting it right again.

They are not as fluent as they should be, and opposition sides are creating so many more chances and openings against them. They are just becoming a bit stretched – both in terms of their structure and, now, their mentality.

They reached such a high level against Barcelona, and set such a standard, that the dropped points in subsequent league games then stunned them a bit. Of course, part of that was down to bad luck and goalkeepers having supreme displays, but what that then does is feed the anxiety so something that was freakish then becomes fixed. Bad luck can lead to bad decisions, because of the mental effect of them.

You could see it in the last five to 10 minutes of the shock home defeat to Real Betis. Their game became too stretched, with too many transitions, and every transition seemed to lead to a Betis chance.

Of course, the suspension of someone like Cristiano Ronaldo hasn’t helped, and the absence of Karim Benzema is also underrated. He is so important to how they move, to letting attackers like Cristiano score so much more. Real always play well with Benzema, he keeps the ball well and knows where and how to move in all three areas – either flank or the centre. He knows where to go to support the transition, and create numerical advantage in wide areas.

That has also led to an anxiety in some of Zinedine Zidane’s coaching decisions. I was so surprised he took off Luka Modric and also Isco against Betis, two players that can link their play together, provide the calmness and composure so badly required. Instead, he went for runners, but that only increased the rushed nature of their display.

It has all fed into the general feeling that, in trying to fix this as quick as possible, they are making it worse. They no longer look patient enough to allow a game or performance to ‘cook’.

Zidane also seems to be tinkering with his team too much, something that is in fashion in Europe right now, but isn’t helping set the style. I have always found that tinkering at this stage of the season actually creates more problems, because this is when regular games are actually required help players improve – something that is not the case in February.

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Cristiano Ronaldo prepares to slot home Real Madrid’s second goal in the 3-1 win over Borussia Dortmund, their first victory over the Bundesliga club in Germany. Photograph: Angel Martinez/Real Madrid via Getty Images

Portuguese on target twice in 150th European club match in 3-1 win
Wissam Ben Yedder is first Sevilla player to hit hat-trick in European game

Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice in his 150th European club match as Real Madridbeat Borussia Dortmund for the first time in Germany. His goals wrapped up a 3-1 win after Gareth Bale had put them ahead with a superb volley in the 18th minute.

Ronaldo doubled Real’s lead before Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang pulled a goal back in the 54th minute but the Portuguese international confirmed the holders’ victory when he fired past Dortmund’s keeper Roman Buerki in the 79th minute.

It also ensured there would be no repeat of last season’s draw, when Dortmund had come from 2-0 down, and Real now have maximum points from two matches in Group H and are neck-and-neck with Tottenham, who also gained their second win by beating Apoel Nicosia 3-0 in Cyprus.

Real were lucky not to concede a penalty when Sergio Ramos cleared a Maximilian Philipp effort off the line with his hand before Bale gave them the lead from Daniel Carvajal’s cross .

Dortmund had a chance to equalise just after the break but Raphaël Varane cleared Andriy Yarmolenko’s cross on the goalline before Aubameyang could take advantage.

It was Real, however, who scored again when Bale was given too much space to cut in and find Ronaldo in the penalty area. Aubameyang stabbed in Gonzalo Castro’s cross to keep the game tight, until Ronaldo broke clear with his 13th goal in his last seven Champions League games.

Afterwards the Real coach, Zinedine Zidane, said: “We had chances. We had a spectacular game, a brilliant game. I am delighted for Ronaldo and Bale. The side worked hard. The midfield worked very hard. I am extremely happy because they played a tremendous game.”

While Liverpool were drawing against Spartak MoscowSevilla moved clear at the top of Group E with a 3-0 win over Maribor at Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán with their striker Wissam Ben Yedder becoming the first player in the club’s history to score a hat-trick in a European game.

The Frenchman nudged in from close range in the 26th minute to give Eduardo Berizzo’s side the lead after a strong run from the Argentinian Joaquin Correa, who beat four players before cutting the ball back to his team-mate.

Ben Yedder then latched on to a simple through ball from Franco Vázquez after some neat passing in midfield to tuck the ball under Maribor’s goalkeeper Jasmin Handanovic and in off the far post in the 37th. He completed his hat-trick with seven minutes remaining from the penalty spot after a foul on Sébastien Corchia.

Wissam Ben Yedder celebrates after completing his hat-trick from the penalty spot. Photograph: Julio Munoz/EPA

In the Group F meeting between the first match losers, an early goal from Lorenzo Insigne put Napoli on course for a 3-1 win over Feyenoord, who had lost their opening game 4-0 at home to Manchester City, in a match the Serie A side dominated although their opponents missed a penalty.

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Real Madrid manager Zidane could make a shock move to these European giants!

What’s the story?

Real Madrid manager Zidane has enjoyed a dream start to his managerial career and now latest reports in Spanish paper El Confidencial state that PSG are ready to sack Emery and hire the legendary Frenchman.

Although Zidane has guided Los Blancos to back-to-back Champions League titles, Real Madrid have endured a tough start to this season and should Zidane get sacked or decide to leave Madrid, PSG are ready to swoop in and make him the best-paid manager.

The French club has shown that they are not afraid of spending big after the signing of Neymar and Mbappe and the club hierarchy is determined to make PSG one of the best clubs in Europe in the coming years.

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The France international has signed a new four-year contract at Santiago Bernabeu, claiming he feels loved in the Spanish capital

Karim Benzema plans to retire at Real Madrid and says the club have been “like a family” during tough times in his career.

The striker has signed a new four-year contract that will keep him at the Santiago Bernabeu until 2021, by which time he will have spent 12 years in the Spanish capital.

Madrid 6/4 to win La Liga

Benzema says the European champions have looked after him during difficult runs of form and during personal problems off the pitch, which include his omission from the France squad since the start of a legal dispute involving Mathieu Valbuena, in which he denies any wrongdoing.

And the former Lyon man, who turns 30 in December, wants Madrid to be the last club he plays for.

“Madrid’s been like a family for me throughout the most complicated moments of my career,” he told a news conference following his contract renewal. “They supported me in sporting and non-sporting matters.

“I feel loved at Real Madrid. I like Real Madrid’s football and of course I want to retire here. There’s no other club like Real Madrid. This will be my last club.”

Benzema has only scored once this season but he insists he is used to criticism after playing at the highest level in Europe over the last 13 years.

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Real Madrid will renew their sponsorship arrangement with the airline operator, signing a deal until 2022 worth 70 million euros per year, according to Palco23.

Real Madrid and Fly Emirates have renewed their shirt sponsorship arrangement in a new deal worth 70 million euros during each of the next five years, according to Palco23. The new agreement, for a total of 280 million euros, will be the most lucrative sponsorship accord ever seen in world football –  dwarfing the 55 million per annum deal struck by FC Barcelona with Rakuten and the 62 million euro per year deal Manchester United have in place with Chevrolet until 2021.

Madrid’s new shirt sponsorship deal with Emirates is already signed off

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The Real Madrid star is reportedly desperate to leave the club

What’s the story?

Real Madrid have not been firing on all cylinders at the start of this season and it looks like there might be more problems for Zidane as promising star Jesus Vallejo has reportedly decided to leave the Spanish giants due to lack of playing time.

The highly rated 20-year-old centre-back has made the matchday squad just once this season and it seems like Vallejo has had enough as reports in Spanish outlet Don Balon via The Expressclaim that the Spaniard has held crunch talks with Florentino Perez demanding an immediate exit from the 12-time European champions.

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Jesus Vallejo
Jesus Vallejo is one of the brightest young talents in Spanish football at the moment

Signed from Real Zaragosa in 2015, Vallejo was expected to be anchoring the heart of defence for Los Blancos for many years to come. After a promising loan spell at Bundesliga side Eintracht Frankfurt, Vallejo expected this year to be his breakthrough season at the Santiago Bernabeu.

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  • Hengqin, an island a stone’s throw away from Macau, is being transformed into China’s newest tourism haven
  • It is also dubbed by some as the country’s answer to Florida’s Orlando
  • Spanish soccer club Real Madrid recently announced it would open an interactive “virtual reality” complex in Hengqin

Just a stone’s throw across a narrow waterway from the world’s largest gambling hub Macau, a former oyster farming island is being transformed into China’s newest tourism haven.

Dubbed by some as China’s answer to Florida’s Orlando — a global tourist magnet with its cluster of major theme parks — Hengqin has seen property prices more than double over the past two years.

While still a dusty mass of construction sites, Hengqin now draws millions annually to its anchor attraction, the “Chimelong Ocean Kingdom” theme park, with a slew of hotel, malls and sprawling residential developments being built nearby.

Spanish soccer club, Real Madrid, announced last week they would open an interactive “virtual reality” complex in Hengqin, in partnership with Hong Kong-listed developer, Lai Sun Group.

The 12,000-square metre venue, set to open in 2021, will include virtual reality entertainment and a museum showcasing the club’s history.

The transformation of Hengqin, which is three times as large as Macau, is part of Beijing’s efforts to bolster links between Hong Kong, Macau and nine cities in the Pearl River Delta region, or so-called “Greater Bay Area,” modeled after other dynamic global bay areas such as Tokyo and San Francisco.

“Hengqin will be the Orlando of China. Macau is Las Vegas (and) Hong Kong is New York,” said Larry Leung, an executive with Lai Sun that is helping build the Real Madrid complex at its “Novotown” project in Hengqin. “Within an hour you can have them all.”

Novotown’s entertainment mix will also feature China’s first Lionsgate movie world with theme rides from blockbuster films such as the Hunger Games and Twilight, as well as a National Geographic educational center. And high-end hotel chains and luxury yacht makers are building more hotels and a marina on Hengqin.

Expanding Macau

Chinese officials see Hengqin helping Macau diversify away from casinos to a more wholesome tourism industry. More than 80 percent of Macau’s public revenues come from the gambling sector.

Businesses in Macau have been encouraged to invest in Hengqin with the government providing cheaper rent and tax subsidies. Galaxy EntertainmentShun Tak and Macau Legend have also earmarked developments for Hengqin.

Realtors expect property prices to keep rising once a sea bridge linking Hong Kong, and a high speed rail station are completed.

Hoffman Ma, deputy chairman of Success Universe Group, which operates the Ponte 16 casino in Macau, said Hengqin could take some convention and exhibition business away from the former Portuguese colony.

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CRISTIANO RONALDO is ready to fire on all cylinders for Real Madrid in La Liga.

The Portuguese superstar is currently serving a ban having been dismissed in Real’s 3-1 win against Barcelona in the Super Cup last month.

He was given a one-match ban for two yellows and a further four for pushing the referee after he had been sent off.

The bookings at the Nou Camp were for taking off his shirt to celebrate his goal to make it 2-1 and for a dive.

He featured against Cypriot side APOEL in the Champions League last week and bagged a brace.

And he’ll finally be available for selection domestically on Wednesday when his side lock horns with Real Betis at the Bernabeu.

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