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James Rodriguez, Cristiano Ronaldo Named in Real Madrid Squad for Super Cup Tie

FILE - In this July 22, 2014 file photo, new Real Madrid player James Rodriguez, from Colombia, waves during his official presentation at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Spain. Real Madrid have signed Rodriguez from Monaco on a six-year contract,  (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza, File)
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Rory MarsdenFeatured Columnist IVNovember 27, 2016

James Rodriguez looks set to make his Real Madrid debut in Tuesday's European Super Cup final against Sevilla in Cardiff with Cristiano Ronaldo also likely to appear despite fitness issues.

The pair have both been named in Real's 22-man squad for the showpiece encounter, per the Madrid outfit's website, as the Champions League winners prepare to entertain the Europa League holders.  

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Colombia's World Cup star Rodriguez signed from Monaco in July for an estimated £70 million and joins other new purchases Keylor Navas and Toni Kroos in the squad for the match.

Ronaldo has been struggling with a tendinitis issue since the end of last term, but his inclusion in the 22 suggests he may be returning to full fitness—a good sign for Real ahead of the new La Liga season. 

However, there are concerns that the 29-year-old Portugal star may be going against doctors' advice in declaring himself fit for the Cardiff encounter, per ESPN's Dermot Corrigan:

With Ronaldo and Rodriguez set to appear alongside the Cardiff-born Gareth Bale, the Sevilla encounter represents the first opportunity for Real boss Carlo Ancelotti to unleash his new attacking unit.

BERKELEY, CA - JULY 26:  Gareth Bale #11 of Real Madrid celebrates after he scored a goal in the first half of their match against FC Internazionale in the International Champions Cup 2014 at California Memorial Stadium on July 26, 2014 in Berkeley, Calif
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Los Blancos are beginning to look, once again, like the Galacticos of the early 2000s, overflowing as they are with the biggest stars in football after having brought them in at great expense.

Indeed, the 23-year-old Rodriguez is all too aware of the calibre of side he has joined as they go in search of their first silverware of the season, per the Associated Press' Rob Harris via Yahoo Sports:

They are all stars. For me it is a pleasure to be with them. Even training with them. It is something unique and I hope I can play here together with them for many years.

Tuesday's game offers a good opportunity for the Real fans and coaches alike to see their new-look side in action ahead of a tilt at retaining the Champions League and winning La Liga in 2014-15.

It is a potentially frightening prospect for the rest of Europe if the trio of Bale, Ronaldo and Rodriguez can prove effective playing together.

Sevilla's defence may be set to be the first of many to be terrorised by Madrid this term. However, whether Ancelotti can indeed put together a side to effectively complement all of his many stars as yet remains to be seen. 

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