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Notes & Quotes: June 3, 2019; Open Thread

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Modric talks about Real Madrid and winning award, Real Madrid atop the UEFA rankings again and rumored Mbappe demands

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Modric talks of “getting back to the best” and winning ‘Croatian Player of the Season’ award

Luka Modric recently delivered his address at the Croatian footballing awards about getting back to a period of success similar to his home team of Croatia after their loss to France in last year’s World Cup and winning the ‘Croatian Player of the Season’ award.

“This trophy means a lot to me, thanks to everyone who voted, it is always good to receive this award from the players and the professionals. I must thank my teammates, without them this prize would not be possible.”

“The atmosphere in the team is very good and we have enough quality to overcome all the difficulties, we are well trained and prepared in the best way possible. In the new season with Real Madrid we have the challenge of being the best again, and the same can be said about the national team”.

This is the seventh season Modric has won this award presented by his home nation of Croatia. He can add this one alongside the Ballon d’Or that he was able to capture earlier this season.

It was a tough season for Modric and Real Madrid, Luka was clearly affected by the World Cup early on and was not able to perform as he had in his Ballon d’Or winning season. He will most certainly want to get back to the heights he know he can still produce for club and country.

Real Madrid top the UEFA rankings over five-year period

Real Madrid were recently recognized by the UEFA rankings over a five-year period, finding themselves at the top of the list. UEFA gave the criteria for the rankings of each coefficient.

  • The UEFA club coefficient rankings are based on the results of all European clubs in UEFA club competition.
  • The association club coefficient or country rankings take into account the results of all clubs from each association and are used to determine the number of entries an association is granted for forthcoming seasons.
  • The club coefficient rankings take into account the results of each club in UEFA club competition and are used to determine a club’s seeding in club competition draws.
  • The coefficients – from which the rankings are formed and which are based on performances over the last five seasons – will be updated directly after each completed round of UEFA club competition matches.

Real Madrid were given a score of 146,000 points. Followed respectively by Barcelona (138,000), Bayern Munich (128,000), Atlético Madrid (127,000) and Juventus (124,000).

Real Madrid also hold the top spot among the 10-year period rankings with 379,000 points. Real only received 19,000 points and the 14th rank for the 2018/19 season, their lowest among the five years recorded.

Mbappe transfer demands reportedly revealed

According to Diario Gol, Mbappe has some interesting demands should he leave PSG for Real Madrid.

The rumors speculate that Mbappe is looking for a similar salary to Lionel Messi, around the ballpark of €40 million per season. They also speculate that he is currently valued around €200 million.

The most interesting “demands” from Real Madrid by Mbappe are supposedly him wanting the club to buy him a home and pay for personal chef and chauffeur services.

I wouldn’t make much from these rumors, considering Diario Gol are typically viewed as a Tier 5 source. This is more for humor because the supposed demands are so ridiculous.

Florentino Perez and Real Madrid would never meet these demands and that would probably squash all interest in bringing Mbappe to the Spanish capital. Especially when you consider the supposed price tag as well on top of all these demands.

There’s no reasonable report yet that shows Real pursuing Mbappe this summer, he’s unlikely to even leave PSG. Perhaps in the future, Mbappe will finally make his move to the Bernabéu. But for now, this is likely a completely ludicrous “report” as it sounds.