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Ronaldo, Bale and Rodriguez set to dazzle in Cardiff

ESPN staff
August 11, 2014
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Cristiano Ronaldo has been named in Real Madrid's 22-man squad for the UEFA Super Cup clash against Sevilla in Cardiff on Tuesday as Carlo Ancelotti looks set to field the world's most expensive attack.

Ronaldo, 29, has been battling a tendinitis problem since the end of last season, but the Portuguese forward could start to form a potent trio alongside Gareth Bale and James Rodriguez in Cardiff on Tuesday.

The £80 million signing from Manchester United in 2009 missed four of Real's final seven La Liga games as they stumbled towards the finish line, ending up three points behind champions Atletico Madrid and runners-up Barcelona.

Real signed Colombia international Rodriguez from Monaco for £71m after he starred at this summer's World Cup, scoring six goals to land the Golden Boot at the tournament in Brazil.

Gareth Bale looked delighted to be back in his home town of Cardiff © Twitter

Bale - who will play in front of his hometown fans on Tuesday - justified his world-record fee of £85m with a goal in the Champions League final to help beat fierce rivals Atletico 4-1 and a late strike in the Copa del Rey final to see off Barcelona 2-1.

The trio, who cost a combined £236m, will combine as Real look to keep chase with Barcelona, who followed up last summer's big-money purchase of Neymar with the £75m signing of Liverpool forward Luis Suarez in July.

Ancelotti's has named a strong 22-man squad to face Europa League winners Sevilla, although Diego Lopez - who has been heavily linked with a move to AC Milan - misses out, with new goalkeeper Keylor Navas making the cut.

Real defender Alvaro Arbeloa believes the Cardiff crowd will see an open game of football with both sides still battling for fitness ahead of the new season.

"These matches at the start of the season are different, neither team is at full fitness and we'll certainly see more chances than there are in a European final," he told his club's official website. "I hope it's an attractive match and that Madrid win."

Full Real Madrid squad to face Sevilla: Casillas, Navas, Pacheco; Varane, Pepe, Ramos, Coentrao, Marcelo, Carvajal, Arbeloa, Nacho; Khedira, Kroos, James Rodriguez, Bale, Alonso, Modric, Di Maria, Isco, Illarramendi; Ronaldo, Benzema

James Rodriguez and Cristiano Ronaldo could line-up alongside each other for the first time © Getty Images
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