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Real Madrid, Barcelona loan out 29

October 10, 2012
By ESPN.com news services

Real Madrid and Barcelona have lent out 29 of their players this week to respective national teams for 2014 World Cup qualifying matches, 13 of them for Spain's matches against Belarus on Friday and France next Tuesday.

Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty ImagesIncluding Ronaldo (Portugal), 16 Real Madrid players were added to their national team rosters for this round of World Cup qualifying.

Spain's roster includes Real players Iker Casillas, Sergio Ramos, Alvaro Arbeola, Raul Albiol and Xabi Alonso as well as Barcelona players Victor Valdes, Jordi Alba, Sergio Busquets, Xavi Hernandez, Andres Iniesta, Cesc Fabregas, Pedro Rodriguez and David Villa.

In all, 16 of Real Madrid's players will see action with their respective countries, while 13 from Barcelona will do the same, including Argentina captain Lionel Messi.

Real Madrid's other seven players in Europe are Cristiano Ronaldo, Pepe and Fabio Coentrao (Portugal), Mesut Özil and Sami Khedira (Germany), Lukas Modric (Croatia) and Karim Benzema (France).

Eight South American players are on Real Madrid or Barcelona: Argentina has Messi and Javier Mascherano (Barcelona) as well as Angel Di Maria and Gonzalo Higuain (Real Madrid). Brazil has Marcelo, Kaka (Real Madrid) and Adriano (Barcelona) while Barca's Alexis Sanchez plays for Chile.

Barcelona's Alex Song will play for Cameroon when they take on Colombia on Oct. 16 in a friendly.