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Vinicius Jr refused Ancelotti’s offer to be taken off during Valencia vs Real Madrid

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Real Madrid superstar Vinicius Junior was once again the centre of attention against Valencia last night, with the attacker becoming the victim of racial abuse from the opposition fans.

It was the umpteenth time Vinicius was subjected to racial slurs by opposition fans in La Liga this season. And as one would expect, the incident did not go too well with the attacker, who complained to the referee, even telling him “I don’t want to play anymore”.

In the midst of this incident, MARCA reports Carlo Ancelotti had asked the Brazilian if he wanted to come off.

Vinicius refused to come off, as he did not want to bow down to the opposition supporters. He stood up against them, even taunting them by saying Valencia will go down to the second division this season.

A few Valencia players, unsurprisingly, were involved in an altercation with the Real Madrid attacker as well, including the goalkeeper. Vinicius was ultimately sent off after he slapped one of the Valencia players.

At that moment, Real Madrid players did not want Vinicius to come off. They were willing to leave the match if the Brazilian had opted to come off, in protest of the racial slurs.

After the game, Real Madrid have launched a formal complaint to the Prosecutor’s Office against the Valencia supporters, demanding due justice to be meted out.

There have been also speculations over Vinicius’ future, too, but it appears the Brazilian international has no desire to leave Santiago Bernabeu. He had a meeting with Florentino Perez in the morning and is committed to the club.

However, it is true that the player is dejected right now. He desperately wants things to improve in Spanish football.

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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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