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Real Madrid trio in contention for Euros 2024 after crucial change in squad rules



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The UEFA executive committee announced today that they will increase the size of team squads from 23 to 26 players for the upcoming summer EURO. 

This decision aligns with the recommendations made by the National Team Competitions Committee, which supported the change in a vote held on April 22. 

As a result of the expansion, all 26 players will now be included on the matchday team sheet. 

In line with competition rules, teams must submit a list of at least 23 players and no more than 26 to UEFA by the deadline on June 7.

It is to be noted that the increase in squad size was initially implemented due to the COVID-19 pandemic, as coaches were concerned that virus outbreaks might leave them with insufficient players for games.

Although UEFA had initially planned to revert to the traditional 23-player squads for this summer’s event, several national team coaches advocated for maintaining the larger squads due to the high rate of player injuries this season.

What does it mean for Real Madrid?

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Ferland Mendy could play for France at UEFA Euro 2024. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)

This development may increase Real Madrid’s representation in the upcoming continental event, as players like Ferland Mendy (France), Nacho, and Lucas Vazquez (Spain) could be selected to play for their respective national teams.

So far, no team has officially announced their squad lists, as they are still waiting for the current season to progress. 

Notably, Mendy may find himself in France’s squad due to the absence of PSG defender Lucas Hernandez, who will miss Euro 2024 after undergoing surgery for a torn ACL.

Hernandez sustained the injury during the Champions League semifinal first leg against Borussia Dortmund, which PSG lost 1-0 in Germany.

As for Nacho and Vazquez, the Spanish duo has shown how reliable they can be in big matches for Real Madrid this season.

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Bellingham, Vinicius reveal their preferred picks for the Ballon d’Or



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As Real Madrid gear up to face Borussia Dortmund in the finals of the UEFA Champions League this weekend, a number of their players interacted with the press today as part of the UEFA Open Media Day.

Jude Bellingham was one of the stars who answered questions from the media ahead of what will be an emotional game for him against his former club, in his homeland.

The England international has enjoyed a spectacular debut season at Real Madrid and is seen as a strong contender for the Ballon d’Or this season.

However, when asked about the Golden Orb, Bellingham tipped his Madrid teammate Vinicius Jr. as his pick to win the prestigious honour this year.

“For me, Vinicius is the best in the world. He creates magic out of nothing. He has everything to be the best,” said Bellingham, as quoted by The Athletic’s Guillermo Rai.

After all, Vinicius has also enjoyed a scintillating campaign and is one of the frontrunners to walk away with the Ballon d’Or, owing to his clutch performances for Real Madrid.

Who will win the 2024 Ballon d’Or? (Photo by Aitor Alcalde/Getty Images)

The Brazilian also spoke to the media today and was asked about the Ballon d’Or. Interestingly, he went on to name Bellingham as his pick to win the Golden Ball.

“I would give the Ballon d’Or to Bellingham,” he said, as quoted by Carrusel.

When Bellingham was informed about Vinicius picking him as the favourite for the Ballon d’Or, the England international responded by saying:

“If that’s how he feels, then you can split it in two (laughs).”

The responses show the strong bond and camaraderie that the two superstars of Real Madrid share.

Both are contenders to lift the Golden Ball this year and a win in the Champions League, coupled with strong performances in the summer’s international tournaments, would further enhance their chances.

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