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Real Madrid football stars are given free BMW cars worth up to £109,000

Real Madrid stars have made the switch to electric after being given free BMW cars as part of a sponsorship deal between the club and the German company.

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Players including Karim Benzema and Luka Modric, and manager Carlo Ancelotti, are among the recipients of the fully-electric BMW iXs or i4s.

Prices for the BMW iX start at around £71,000 and can cost up to £109,000, while the i4s cost between £53,000 and £66,000.

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They were able to choose their own model and colour after being provided with the cars by BMW.

Players had previously driven Audi cars during the club's long-standing partnership with the company, which ended after nearly two decades earlier this year.

Real are thought to have ditched their deal with Audi, which began in 2003, after failing to agree on a new contract following negotiations.

The Spanish giants then entered into a partnership with BMW. Exact details have not been disclosed but local media reports claim the German car manufacturer is paying Real around £6.5million a year.

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A host of Real Madrid's household names will have to wait to drive their new cars, however, as the majority of the first-team squad are heading to Qatar for the World Cup.

Nine of their first XI that featured in their final match before the World Cup shutdown, the 2-1 win over Cadiz last Thursday, have been picked for their national side.

The tournament begins with the opening game between Qatar and Ecuador on Sunday.

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