MADRID, Oct 12 (Reuters) - Arch-rivals Real
Madrid and Barcelona are to club together to pay nearly $150,000 for a
private jet to ensure their Brazilian players arrive back early from
World Cup duty to prepare for this weekend's league matches.
Real said on Tuesday that the two clubs had agreed to halve the cost of
laying on the flight so that Ronaldo, Roberto Carlos and Ronaldinho
could make an immediate return to Spain following Brazil's match against
Colombia in Maceio.
Ronaldo and Roberto Carlos are set to appear for Real in their game away
to Real Betis on Saturday. Ronaldinho is likely to play in Barca's match
at Espanyol later on the same evening.
Spanish media reported it would cost the two clubs a total of up to
120,000 euros ($149,000) to hire the jet which should allow the players
to return 24 hours ahead of schedule on Thursday evening.
Brazil lead the South American World Cup qualifying group on 19 points
from nine matches, one ahead of Argentina.