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Nacho all but confirms Real Madrid midfielder will inherit his No. 6 shirt

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Real Madrid officially confirmed the departure of club captain Nacho Fernandez earlier today, bringing an end to his legendary career at the Spanish capital.

The veteran may not have been a regular starter for Los Blancos over the years, but his professionalism and ability to step up whenever called on was an inspiration for every player who dreamed of succeeding at the Spanish capital.

Nacho is now nearing a move to Saudi Arabia and departs the club having won both the UEFA Champions League and La Liga as the captain in his final season at the club.

The next No.6

Earlier today, the departing captain sent out an emotional farewell message on his social media after the confirmation of his decision.

As part of his farewell post, he spoke about his experience at the club over the past two decades and how it was a painful decision to make.

The captain’s departure, needless to say, triggered an outburst of messages from his teammates on social media and interestingly brought a big revelation via the post of Eduardo Camavinga.

“The man has only one club, my captain and a role model for all. A pleasure to have played alongside you. Wishing you the best for the future to you and your family. Can you help me now?” Camavinga posted on his Instagram, seemingly making a request to Nacho.

The Spanish veteran promptly replied with a tweet that all but confirmed that the French midfielder will take his No.6 shirt next season.

“I can help you get the number 6, thank you my Cama,” he replied under the post.

After two years of wearing the #12, it thus appears that Camavinga will take the prestigious #6 for Real Madrid next season.

Notably, it has been worn by legends including Fernando Redondo and Sami Khedira in the past.

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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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