Barcelona’s defeat to Bayern Munich and Atletico Madrid’s draw with Bayer Leverkusen last night meant Real Madrid are the only team from La Liga to have qualified for the knockout stages of the UEFA Champions League.
Barcelona fell in Group C, behind Bayern and Inter Milan, while Atletico were not able to outperform FC Porto and Club Brugge. Sevilla, too, finished third in their group, behind Manchester City and Borussia Dortmund.
According to MARCA, Real Madrid being the only team to qualify for the Round of 16 has seen them earn additional revenue.
This is because of the ‘market pool’ system where the revenue gets distributed to the countries across Europe, after which it is distributed equally, based on the number of matches each team plays.
In Spain, for example, UEFA had provided a fund of €56 million, half of which was distributed at the start of the season. Real Madrid pocketed €11.2 million of that amount, while Barcelona were handed €8.4 million. Atletico and Sevilla received €5.6 million and €2.8 million respectively.
The remainder of the fund was to be distributed equally among teams, based on the number of matches they play. In the group stages, each team received €3.9 million. But with Real Madrid being the only team remaining in the competition, they are set to pocket more.
In fact, the Whites have earned €4.7 million extra just by securing a spot in the knockout rounds, taking their total earnings to €8.6 million already. And if they can once again reach the Champions League final, they could end up earning a total market pool of €11.7 million.
Real Madrid maintain full confidence in Turkish starlet despite injury woes
Arda Guler’s Real Madrid stint has not gotten off to the start he would have hoped to have given the expectation that preceded the transfer.
Having joined in the summer after Real Madrid outbid their competition to win him over from Fenerbahce for a 20-million-euro fee, buzz was high as the winger was expected to slot into the team quite seamlessly, albeit on a rotational basis.
Unfortunately for the 18-year-old, he has been constantly marred by injuries since completing the move.
Reports have stated that after Guler picked up his third injury since his move, Real Madrid have been concerned and want to take things slow with the player to ensure he is fit as soon as possible after an injury to his quadriceps this time.
The Turk is yet to make his competitive debut for the club, and Real Madrid even sacked their medical chief in November, in light of their injury crises since the beginning of the season.
No loan deal for Guler
However, according to Fabrizio Romano in a recent YouTube video, he states that Madrid maintain full trust and patience in the youngster.
Despite his bad luck with injuries, the latest of which he is scheduled to return from after Christmas, the Galacticos have no intention of loaning out Guler to Turkish clubs despite lots of speculation of them doing so of late.
Romano states that Madrid remain firm on not shaking things up too much with the squad, and they want to keep their roster stable, including Arda Guler.
They want to extend their full support and protection to the player as he aims to return to full fitness and finally make his bow for Madrid either by the end of this month or in 2024.