Madrid imply Ronaldo Gala absence

Real Madrid have named Cristiano Ronaldo in their squad to play Deportivo tonight, implying that he will not attend the UEFA Gala in Monaco.

Reports this morning suggested that the Portuguese was uninterested in attending the event organised by the European game’s governing body, despite being shortlisted for the UEFA Best Player in Europe Award, alongside Lionel Messi and Franck Ribery.

It was believed that Ronaldo was intent on playing for Los Blancos in their Trofeo Teresa Herrera friendly with Deportivo scheduled also for this evening at Riazor.

In including the player in their 20-man squad for the trip out to Galicia, Madrid have seemingly indicated that the No 7 will not be in Monaco for the UEFA Gala.

Real Madrid squad to play Deportivo: Casillas, Diego López, Tomás Mejías, Pepe, Marcelo, Arbeloa, Nacho, Carvajal, Casado, Mateos, Kaká, José Rodríguez, Özil, Casemiro, Isco, Di María, Cristiano Ronaldo, Benzema, Jesé, Morata

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