Real Madrid welcome NBA superstar Carmelo Anthony to US training session

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Real Madrid and their current crop of superstars are busy preparing for the upcoming La Liga season with what has now become a customary pilgrimage for top European teams to the United States for preseason duty.

From one star to another

And whilst, Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema and the rest of the multi-million dollar squad were busy training in the heat, NBA superstar Carmelo Anthony dropped in to show his support for Madrid.

One of the biggest names in the NBA, Anthony was quick to praise his soccer counterpart - picking 2014 Balon D'Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo as his favorite Madrid player before taking time to chat to the likes of Arbeloa and Xavi Alonso.

Cristiano Ronaldo himself has been left behind by Carlo Ancelotti back in Spain in order to regain full fitness following a World Cup hampered by injury.

Transferable skills

As well as getting his photo taken with a host of the current crop of galacticos, the New York Knicks star took time out to show of his own soccer skills.

His 6' 8" frame isn't perhaps ideal for the world's most popular sport, but Carmelo Anthony showed he had decent close control with an impressive kicky-up routine. And having finished the 2013-14 NBA season as the league's top points scorer, Anthony was able to transfer than clinical attitude onto grass, managing to hit the back of the net on a couple of occasions - albeit with only a child rather than Iker Cassilas or Diego Lopez to beat.

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As for Real Madrid, the reigning UEFA Champions League winners are in the US to take part in the 2014 International Champions Cup. 

They have games against Roma, Inter Milan and Manchester United confirmed with fixtures taking place across the United States.

Having missed out on the La Liga title to city rivals Atletico last season, Real embarked on some heavy investment this summer. Having brought in World Cup winner Toni Kroos for a reported £24 million, they added Colombian star James Rodriguez this week in a deal worth £63 million.

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