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Goldman, Blackstone Said To Abandon Madrid Home Auction

-- PHOTO: AP MADRID (AP) - Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo will miss Wednesday's Champions League game against Galatasaray because of injury. The Portugal international and Ballon d'Or candidate hurt his left hamstring in Saturday's 5-0 victory at Almeria. Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti says Ronaldo will miss the Group B match at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium but could return for Saturday's Spanish Primera Liga game against Valladolid. Ancelotti says "he has a very small problem, and tomorrow he will train again. We don't want to take the risk with him of making it worse".
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"It's great to play with the best player in the world [Ronaldo]," Isco said. "He helps me in every training session because he always wants to win, always wants to be the best. We all know about Zidane he is a Real Madrid icon, and in every training session, even just by playing with us, he is already teaching us things. By scoring that goal when the club won their ninth European Cup [in 2002], with the class he's always shown, he has always been a player I have looked up to. "I haven't been a professional footballer for very long, so I would say my biggest challenge has been to come to Real Madrid.
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Carlo Ancelotti will be thankful that the pressure if off. The Italian was without a recognised left back at the weekend, while he's also lost Sami Khedira for a six months and Raphael Varane is struggling to put two games together. On top of that, Cristiano Ronaldo was taken off in the 5-0 win against Almeria http://wallinside.com/post-8199684-obama-to-talk-obamacare-on-wednesday-in-boston.html on Saturday, and he won't feature against the Turkish side. Despite that, Madrid fans are still planning on dishing out thousands of Ronaldo masks to be worn at the match. The Daily Mail suggest up to 45,000 will be worn as Madridstas set about showcasing their support for Ronaldo to be named Ballon d'Or ahead of Franck Ribery.
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Recently-installed coach Roberto Mancini sees his side sitting second in the group on four points, level with the Danes and a point ahead of Juventus, whom click they host on the final matchday. Ahead of a game that will be played on his 49th birthday, Mancini told Uefa's official website: "Galatasaray are a very good team who have the potential to do well this season. "It's never easy in the Champions League and our group is http://jamestmar.mywapblog.com/5-things-you-need-to-know-about-your-stu.xhtml particularly tough. However, we can progress. "I'm still confident of qualifying. We need to improve as a team but I am hopeful of a good result in our next game against Real Madrid. "Then we will have everything to play for at home to Juventus blog url on 10 December.
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Madrid s regional government received no binding offers for the portfolio comprising 22 developments in and around the Spanish capital by the Nov. 22 deadline, according to the people, who asked not to be named because the information is private. At least seven companies expressed an interest in buying the properties, one of the people said. Three years of government austerity, unemployment at 26 percent and subdued mortgage lending are forcing more Spaniards to consider renting rather than buying homes. Its also prompting foreign funds to invest in the countrys unsold residential properties, which may total 1.3 million units, according to Idealista.com, Spains largest real estate website. A spokesman for the regional government of Madrid wasnt immediately available for comment. Sophie Bullock, a spokeswoman for Goldman Sachs in London, and Andrew Dowler , a spokesman for Blackstone, declined to comment.
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