Real Madrid in Australia next year

European champions Real Madrid are heading to Melbourne, with confirmation on Monday they will play in the International Champions Cup (ICC) at the MCG in July next year.

In a huge coup for Australian football, Sports minister Damian Drum revealed global superstars like FIFA Ballon d’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale, James Rodriguez and Spanish internationals Iker Casillas and Sergio Ramos will hit our shores for the pre-season tournament in 2015.

Two further teams to take part are yet to be announced but one will be from England’s Premier League, with the other from Italy’s Serie A.

It’s understood Manchester City and Inter Milan are the other two clubs likely to join Madrid for the tournament, with announcement set for a few weeks’ time.