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Official: Real Madrid confirm their four club captains for the 2023/24 season

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Following the shock departure of Karim Benzema earlier this summer, Real Madrid were set for a change in captaincy heading into the new season.

While it was common knowledge that academy ace Nacho Fernandez would be succeeding the Frenchman, Los Blancos have officially confirmed that the Spaniard indeed will be the first captain of the team for the upcoming season.

Nacho’s future was also a doubt not very long ago, given that his contract was about to expire on June 30. However, after much deliberation the veteran defender opted to renew for one more season, prolonging his stay at the Santiago Bernabeu.

And he will now go into the new campaign as the captain of the team.

Luka Modric, who signed a new contract with Real Madrid until 2024, will be the second captain of the team for the 2023/24 season.

Following Nacho and Modric in the order of the captaincy for Los Blancos will be another veteran star in Dani Carvajal. A club man much like Nacho, the Spanish right-back will be the third skipper with Toni Kroos occupying the fourth slot in the pecking order.

While Real Madrid may have anointed four captains, they have several leaders across the pitch, starting from Thibaut Courtois, to David Alaba and Antonio Rudiger. Federico Valverde is also tipped to become a future skipper given his importance and commitment to the club.

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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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