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Kylian Mbappe: ‘There will never be another Cristiano Ronaldo’

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The past of Real Madrid comes face to face with the future when Cristiano Ronaldo and Kylian Mbappe square off in the UEFA Euro 2024 quarter-finals this week.

Indeed, Portugal, led by Real Madrid’s all-time leading goalscorer, will lock horns with Mbappe’s France in what will be a hugely-anticipated showdown.

It is no secret that Mbappe has always seen Ronaldo as his idol and has dreamt of emulating the Portugal captain’s career.

Ahead of their meeting at the Euros this week, Mbappe attended a press conference during which he was asked what it means for him to face Ronaldo, weeks after signing for Real Madrid.

“It’s an honour, everyone knows the admiration I have for him. We are always in contact. He will remain a legend of the game but we hope to win tomorrow,” said the France captain.

Ronaldo and Mbappe set to collide in the Euros. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

Hailing the impact that Ronaldo has had on an entire generation, the Real Madrid new signing added:

“You have to appreciate what he has been and what he is. I just admire the greatness of the player. A unique player. He has marked the history of football, he has inspired generations. There will never be another Cristiano Ronaldo.

“I respect him, but as I say, I hope that tomorrow he is not happy because we want to go to the semifinal.”

On whether he sees himself as Ronaldo’s successor at Real Madrid, Mbappe insisted that he wants to forge his own path at the Santiago Bernabeu, saying:

“Cristiano Ronaldo is unique. I have had the opportunity to start my dream of playing for Real Madrid. I hope to write my own story at Madrid. Cristiano’s story at Real Madrid was unique. I hope to do something unique. I only have praise for him.”

Source: Mundo Deportivo

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Real Madrid occupy second place in UEFA coefficient rankings, behind Manchester City

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With the 2024/25 season only a month away, UEFA have released the latest coefficient rankings for clubs and Real Madrid occupy the second position in the standings, behind Manchester City.

The new season removes the oldest of the five seasons that count towards the rankings from the overall tally and instead adds the one yet to be played, which is currently at zero because none of the big teams have played yet.

And, as like last year, Real Madrid continue to be in the second position behind Manchester City despite having won the UEFA Champions League in the campaign gone by.

With the elimination of points from the 2019/20 season, the ranking is altered to give value to the latest campaigns, but even so, Real Madrid are still unable to overtake City.

Source: UEFA

Pep Guardiola’s side have 123,000 points to Real Madrid’s 119,000 while Bayern Munich sit third with 108,000 points. Liverpool take up the fourth position.

Real Madrid have won two Champions League titles to Manchester City’s one in the last five years.

But Guardiola’s side have managed to reach at least the semi-finals, as well as two finals, in all the editions that count towards the current ranking. That has allowed them to rack up a considerable number of points and still lead the standings.

Meanwhile, Real Madrid’s arch-rivals, Barcelona have dropped to the 18th position in the standings while Atletico Madrid are just a place above them in the 17th spot.

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