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Real Madrid: Training Session at UCLA to Cost Fans Big Bucks

LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 13:  Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos #4 (C) and Mesut Ozil #23 joke around during a training session on the campus of UCLA on July 13, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.  Real Madrid will play their next friendly soccer match against the Los Angeles Galaxy on Saturday.  (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
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Michael CummingsWorld Football Lead WriterJuly 12, 2012

Maybe something was lost in translation—or maybe it's just another smart way to make a buck.

Spanish mega-club Real Madrid is set to hold an "open" training session at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) on Aug. 4. That being said, for Real Madrid, "open" apparently means something more like expensive.

Really, really expensive.

According to Sports Illustrated's Tracking Blog, the cheapest ticket offered for the training session will cost $85.

The blog translates a passage from a Spanish newspaper to describe what the $85 ticket includes. The original article appears in Spanish newspaper Marca, and it's not necessary to know much Spanish in order to get the point.

In addition to giving you a seat in a covered area, the VIP pass includes the opportunity to meet Real Madrid players after training and be photographed with the Casillas, Ronaldo and co. The lucky VIP will also enjoy a continental breakfast at the training facilities chosen by Madrid.

This will be the third year Real holds training sessions at UCLA. The practice began with the arrival of Jose Mourinho as manager in 2010. Mourinho also brought Chelsea and Inter Milan to Los Angeles during his time with those clubs.

The sessions were closed to the public last year, but they drew "hundreds of fans" in 2010, according to ESPN Los Angeles.

With a star-studded lineup featuring Portuguese midfielder Cristiano Ronaldo, Real Madrid won the Spanish league title during the 2011-12 season.

Mourinho's team also advanced to the semifinals of the UEFA Champions League before losing to Bayern Munich on penalties.

Still, an entrance fee of $85 per ticket might turn some fans away. What do you say, readers? Would you buck up?

 

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