Madrid to face local rivals Sevilla

Madrid to face local rivals Sevilla

European champions Real Madrid are expected to field the world's most expensive strikeforce – including local Welsh hero Gareth Bale – when they play Sevilla in the UEFA Super Cup at the Cardiff City Stadium on Tuesday.

Three months after winning the all-Spanish Champions League final against Atletico Madrid in Lisbon, Real and Europa League winners Sevilla meet in an all-Spanish Super Cup match with the home fans delighted to be able to watch Bale in his home city.

He joined Real for a world record 85 million pounds ($142.58 million) from Tottenham Hotspur a year ago and is expected to play in a 240 million pounds trio with Cristiano Ronaldo and James Rodriguez as the Madrid side seek to win the Super Cup for the first time since 2002. 

Ronaldo signed for 80 million pounds from Manchester United in 2009 while Colombian Rodriguez, the Golden Boot winner at this year's World Cup, cost about 80 million euros ($107.27 million) when he joined from AS Monaco after the finals.

Germany World Cup winner Toni Kroos, who has just joined Real from Bayern Munich for about 30 million pounds, could also be in action in an official match for Real for the first time.

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