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Official: Real Madrid confirm shirt number for Mbappe; Guler, Valverde get new numbers

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After announcing the schedule for Kylian Mbappe’s presentation, Real Madrid have now officially confirmed the shirt number that the Frenchman will wear at the club.

The Merengues have announced that the 25-year-old free-transfer signing will be the club’s new No. 9 taking over from compatriot Karim Benzema.

Indeed, following Benzema’s exit in 2023, the No. 9 shirt was left vacant at Real Madrid and will now be worn by Mbappe in the 2024/25 season.

The Frenchman had his sights set on the No. 10 shirt but with Luka Modric continuing at the club, it was unavailable for him. As such, he will play with the No. 9 on his back in the upcoming campaign.

Changes for several players

Meanwhile, Real Madrid also confirmed that a number of players have had their jersey numbers changed for the next season.

For starters, Federico Valverde will now don the No. 8 shirt that has become vacant following Toni Kroos’ retirement.

Meanwhile, Arda Guler, who wore No. 24 last season, will now take the No. 15 shirt that will be vacated by Valverde.

Eduardo Camavinga also gets a new number as he will be Real Madrid’s new #6, replacing departed club captain Nacho Fernandez.

Camavinga’s compatriot, Aurelien Tchouameni, also gets a new number with the midfielder moving to No. 14 from No. 18, which will now be worn by Jesus Vallejo, back from his loan spell.

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Real Madrid trailing Premier League heavyweights in UEFA club rankings

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UEFA has announced its latest club rankings, based on the performance of each team in European competitions over the last five seasons, and despite winning the Champions League last season, Real Madrid trail Manchester City in these standings. 

It must be noted that the coefficients of these rankings are calculated purely on the basis of results in European competitions, without considering domestic league performance. The rankings are crucial as they determine the seedings in UEFA competition draws.

Top teams in UEFA rankings

This time, Manchester City haves outshone Real Madrid, topping the list with a coefficient of 123,000 points, while Real Madrid have 119,000 points. Bayern Munich complete the top three with a score of 108,000 points. 

Man City have been incredibly consistent since 2021, securing a Champions League title, reaching a final, and making it to a semi-final, which has propelled them to the top spot in the rankings.

Manchester City are above Real Madrid in UEFA club rankings. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

The competition between Manchester City and Real Madrid has been intense, especially in the Champions League. The two giants of European football have faced each other in four knockout ties since 2020, each winning two ties. 

Their consistent performances have solidified their status as the current powerhouses of European football.

What about the other La Liga teams?

Spanish football, particularly La Liga, is well-represented in these rankings. Alongside Real Madrid, Villarreal, Atletico Madrid, and Barcelona are notable mentions. 

Villarreal, on their part, are in the 7th place after winning the Europa League in 2021 and reaching the Champions League semi-finals in 2022. 

Atletico Madrid are positioned at 17th, just ahead of Barcelona, who is struggling to maintain its usual high ranking. 

Amidst all this, the English Premier League stands out as the dominant force in these rankings. Six of its teams are in the top 20, showcasing the strength and competitiveness of English football. 

The Italian League and the Bundesliga also have a strong presence, each contributing four teams to the top ranks.

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