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Official: Vinicius Jr will wear the No. 7 shirt at Real Madrid, Rodrygo gets No. 11

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According to the official squad list page for the 2023/24 season on the club’s website, Real Madrid duo Vinicius Jr and Rodrygo Goes are set for upgrades in their kit numbers for the upcoming campaign.

Vinicius Jr, who has worn the No. 20 kit since the 2020/21 season, is now all set to be handed the No. 7 shirt from the upcoming campaign.

Following the departure of Eden Hazard, the iconic #7 kit has become vacant and it was speculated that the jersey might be reserved for new signing Jude Bellingham.

However, it will be Vinicius, who has well and truly emerged as the face of this Real Madrid team over the past couple of years, that will be bestowed with the honour of wearing the No. 7 shirt, previously donned by club legends like Cristiano Ronaldo, Raul Gonzalez, and Emilio Butragueno.

Meanwhile, Rodrygo, who has been wearing the #21 kit over the past couple of years, will be handed the #11 shirt for the upcoming season. The number became vacant following the exit of Marco Asensio, who is said to be close to joining PSG.

Rodrygo has grown into a key component of Carlo Ancelotti’s setup, especially over the past couple of seasons. And with Karim Benzema and Asensio departing, the 22-year-old will have a more prominent role to play moving forward.

And the upgrade to the #11 kit is more than deserved after his impressive exploits in the recent seasons.

Meanwhile, Vinicius’ vacated No. 20 shirt will be taken up by new signing Fran Garcia, who returns to Real Madrid from Rayo Vallecano.

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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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