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Real Madrid lure in another prodigy from Atletico Madrid’s academy

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In a move that has stirred up the competition between Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid’s youth teams, young forward Yeremaiah Ramos has decided to leave the Colchoneros to join La Fabrica. 

This switch, as reported by Diario AS, is part of Real Madrid’s ongoing efforts to strengthen their youth squad and counter Atletico’s dominance in the youth division.

It is said that Real Madrid are pushing forward with its Valdebebas project, which involves recruiting talented players, including those from rival clubs like Atletico Madrid. 

One of the notable signings is Ramos, a standout striker from Atletico’s youth team. Ramos, who played a key role in Atletico’s 2009 generation, scored an impressive 33 goals last season.

Atletico is a hunting ground for Real Madrid

Interestingly, this is the third consecutive summer that Real Madrid have targeted Atletico’s talent pool. It all started in 2022 with the signing of Jesus Fortea, breaking a long-standing non-aggression pact between the clubs. Last year, they continued this trend by bringing in Ariel Nkoghe. 

Ramos, or “Yere” as he is known, shares a similar background with Nkoghe. Although born in Guadalajara, Spain, Ramos has roots in Equatorial Guinea and is the nephew of Pedro Obiang, a midfielder for Sassuolo who also played for Atletico in his youth.

Real Madrid’s aggressive recruitment is just the beginning, as they have already secured the signings of at least two more players from Atletico’s 7-a-side football teams for the 2023-24 season. 

Additionally, Sergio Mestre, a goalkeeper from Atletico Madrid B, has also been recruited, albeit with limited playing time, to join Real Madrid C.

Ramos has played with Real Madrid youngsters

Ramos’ excellent performance throughout the season earned him a spot on Spain’s national U15 team in May. During this call-up, he played alongside several future Real Madrid teammates. 

Among these players are Jairo Morilla and Santiago del Pino, both of whom are set to join Real Madrid’s youth academy.

This strategic manoeuvre by Real Madrid is seen as a significant step in bolstering their youth ranks and challenging Atletico’s recent success. 

By bringing in top talents like Ramos and others, Real Madrid aims to build a formidable youth team that can compete at the highest levels. 

The rivalry between the two clubs is set to intensify further as both continue to vie for supremacy in nurturing the next generation of football stars.

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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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