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Cristiano Ronaldo names Real Madrid, Man City, and Bayern as favourites to win the Champions League

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After the highs of a 4-1 win over Barcelona in the Spanish Super Cup final, Real Madrid endured a tough low to bear this week, as they succumbed to a loss to Atletico Madrid.

The 4-2 defeat at the hands of the cross-town rivals secured Real Madrid’s early elimination from the Copa Del Rey, thereby putting an end to the club’s treble hopes.

Real Madrid, however, are pretty much alive in the other two competitions La Liga and the UEFA Champions League.

Cristiano Ronaldo names Real Madrid as UCL favourite

On that note, Real Madrid have been hailed as one of the favourites to lift the UEFA Champions League this season and that too, by none other than Cristiano Ronaldo.

In a recent interaction, the Portuguese superstar was indeed asked about Europe’s premier competition and the player did not even hesitate in naming his former club.

“UCL favourites? Real Madrid, Manchester City, Bayern Munich,” said Ronaldo (h/t Fabrizio Romano), who is currently plying his trade for Al Nassr.

Ronaldo believes Real Madrid have what it takes to win the UCL (Photo by Yasser Bakhsh/Getty Images)

Ronaldo has racked up 38 goals in 44 competitive matches since joining Al Nassr about a year ago. But he still closely follows European football and backs Real Madrid to emerge as one of the favourites in UCL this season.

Real Madrid have certainly started the campaign on a strong note, notably winning all of their six group-stage matches.

The Spanish giants, though, have been drawn against German giants RB Leipzig in the Round of 16, in what could prove to be a tricky encounter.

One of Real Madrid’s earlier targets Dani Olmo is already looking forward to this encounter and is ready to make a solid impression at the Santiago Bernabeu, when these two sides meet next month.

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Shocking Modric, Vinicius, Cristiano fact makes Real Madrid fans ‘feel old’

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Luka Modric is set to stay with Real Madrid for another season, meaning he will have played more seasons with Vinicius Jr. (7) than he did with Cristiano Ronaldo (6). 

Feeling old yet? We thought so too!

Modric joined Real Madrid in the summer of 2012 after four seasons with Tottenham Hotspur. On the other hand, Vinicius Jr. joined Real Madrid in 2018. 

By the end of the 2023/24 season, Modric and Vinicius will have spent six seasons together. This is the same number of seasons Modric played with Cristiano Ronaldo, who was at Madrid from 2009 to 2018. 

However, with Modric set to stay for another season, he will surpass that, playing more seasons with Vinicius than with Ronaldo, the club’s all-time top scorer.

A new contract for Modric

It is important to note that Real Madrid and Modric have reached an agreement in principle for his contract renewal for another year.

Luka Modric will stay at Real Madrid for another season. (Photo by Aitor Alcalde/Getty Images)

At 38, Modric’s contract was set to expire at the end of the current season. For a while, it seemed the Croatian star might leave Santiago Bernabeu this summer. 

However, things have changed recently, and Real Madrid have decided to offer him a new contract. 

Interestingly, Real Madrid have also offered a renewal to Toni Kroos with club president Florentino Perez personally involved in the negotiations.

Modric and Kroos will continue

Reports suggest that Modric has agreed to the new proposal, with an agreement in principle now in place. It is also expected that Kroos will accept his offer, meaning Real Madrid will keep both veteran players for another season.

The Croatian was reportedly willing to accept a pay cut and a reduced role in the team to continue playing for Real Madrid. This flexibility may have sped up the agreement process.

His willingness to adapt to a reduced role and accept a pay cut has likely influenced the club’s decision to renew his contract for one more year. 

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