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Real Madrid have earned an extra €4.7 million after reaching Champions League knockouts

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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.

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Real Madrid’s pursuit of 18-year-old prodigy dependent on captain’s future – report

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Real Madrid will step up their efforts to sign Lille defender Leny Yoro if Nacho decides to leave the club, according to a report by Agustin Martin in AS.

The situation surrounding Nacho is becoming increasingly uncertain. While he has received a lucrative offer from Al Ittihad, the move has reportedly hit a roadblock.

It is said that Nacho feels that his role in the team has not progressed under coach Ancelotti and his absence from the starting lineup in important matches, like the first leg of the quarterfinals against Manchester City and the Clasico has made him consider leaving the club. 

Furthermore, the recoveries of Eder Militao and David Alaba, along with the presence of Antonio Rudiger and the potential return of Rafa Marin have also influenced his thoughts about his future.

Nacho is aware of market movements

Real Madrid are very much interested in signing Leny Yoro. (Photo by SEBASTIEN SALOM-GOMIS/AFP via Getty Images)

Interestingly, it is not just his teammates’ presence that has made Nacho think about leaving. There are strong rumours about Real Madrid signing Leny Yoro as well. 

The plan is to sign Yoro either this summer and possibly loan him out if Nacho stays, or in 2025 to join the first team. 

If Nacho decides to leave, it would pave the way for Yoro to join immediately. This decision depends on Nacho’s willingness to stay for another year or take up one of the offers he has received. 

This means the potential signing of Yoro hinges on Nacho’s decision. If the club captain chooses to leave, Yoro could join Real Madrid this year or next. 

For what it is worth, Yoro would strengthen a defensive lineup where most players, except for Militao and possibly Rafa Marín, are over thirty years old. But for this to happen, Nacho must decide whether to stay at Real Madrid or open the door for Yoro’s arrival.

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