When Real Madrid stepped out last weekend to face Granada in a top-of-the table La Liga clash, there was the usual mix of dignitaries and VIPs in the executive boxes.

There were members of the Spanish royal family, politicians and long-time president Florentino Perez.

Also watching on, as Eden Hazard, Luka Modric and Gareth Bale strutted their stuff in front of more than 70,000 fans, were the club's three executive vice-presidents, other board members and the CEO.

And among them all, a 37-year-old Kiwi, whose first student job was in the butchery department at a Christchurch Countdown supermarket.

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Meet Michael

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