JUST LIKE Home Affairs Secretary Patrick Ho Chi-ping said on Tuesday, 'Hong Kong people' - not the government - will pay the estimated $20 million cost of Real Madrid's visit next month. Even if they have to pay $1,000 for a ticket, local fans said they would save up the money to see leading luminaries such as David Beckham, Luis Figo, Raul, Ronaldo and Zinedine Zidane on August 8. 'None of these players have ever been to Hong Kong before - so I know a lot of people will try and get tickets,' said football fan Alec Chan, a hotel manager. 'It will be a sellout - definitely,' said Chan. Such is the power of the star names in the Madrid team that even non-football fans said they would attend the match at Hong Kong Stadium. 'I would pay - but no more than $1,000 - that's the limit,' said school sports coach Tong Lai-ming. The high ticket prices could prevent many young people from being able to see the match, Tong said. 'Only children from wealthy families could possibly find that sort of money for a one-off event,' she said. Roderick Miller, spokesperson for Real's Asia agent, Asia Sports Development, said that Hong Kong fans would get value for money. 'It will be Real's first team playing against the best Chinese team available,' he said. Real's visit was confirmed at a press conference on Tuesday, where the Home Affairs Secretary admitted that the cost of bringing the Spanish league champions to Hong Kong might not be wholly funded by the government. It remains unclear who will foot the bill, although the government has agreed to underwrite any loss that may occur. The Hong Kong Football Association is still trying to attract more sponsors, so that the public will have to fork out less money for tickets. The match would help to restore Hong Kong's post-Sars international profile, said Ho. 'The match will attract attention around the world,' he said.