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Real Madrid have invested €893 million in the new Santiago Bernabeu – report

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Spanish news outlet MARCA has reported that Real Madrid have invested a whopping €893 million in the new Santiago Bernabeu project, adding that once the assignment is completed the iconic venue can hold an impressive 85,000 spectators.

The outlet adds that the renovation of the home ground of the record European champions began in 2019 and the new stadium is expected to be inaugurated on December 14, 2023.

The iconic venue in the capital city of Spain has seen various reforms ever since it was first built in December 1947. Right from having an arrangement for 125,000 spectators in 1954 to hosting a mere 75,000 fans in 1997, the stadium has been through a lot.

After the arrival of Florentino Perez in 2000, however, a step towards the betterment and advancement of the venue was proposed. This included all kinds of modernization and for that, €130 million were invested in five years to make it more profitable. 

During this tenure, changes such as VIP boxes and the first restaurants within the stadium were introduced. This time around, however, the team will practically build a new stadium on the basis of the old one. And for what it is worth, the process has gone through all kinds of problems.

From hosting the games without spectators due to the COVID-19 pandemic to the invasion of Ukraine by Russia, which accelerated the cost of the project to almost €900 million, it has seen it all.

The new Bernabeu will be a stadium with a retractable roof and grass, and a 360 ​​video scoreboard. The venue will not only host football but also all kinds of massive events.

Right now, the execution of the work is being carried out according to the blueprint and if everything is on track, the home of the record European champions will be ready by the end of this year.

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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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