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- Real Madrid holds onto crown of world’s most valuable football brand
- Real Madrid midfielder, Toni Kroos contracts COVID-19
- Leicester City suffers fresh injury blow ahead of Chelsea clash at Stamford Bridge.
- Man City vs Chelsea: Forget football, enjoy yourselves – Guardiola to players
- Super Eagles’ Maduka Okoye included in Eredivisie Team of the season.
Real Madrid holds onto crown of world’s most valuable football brand
According to consultancy firm Brand Finance’s 2021 rankings, Spanish powerhouse Real Madrid retained its title as the most lucrative club in football, with a value of 1.27 billion euros ($1.5 billion).
Barcelona came in second with a value of 1.26 billion euros, followed by Manchester United with a value of 1.13 billion euros.
Despite the European Super League catastrophe and the 600 million euro hit to the 12 founding teams’ overall brand value, all three clubs remain at the top of the ranking, according to the document released on Monday.
Six Premier League clubs are in the top ten, including Manchester City (1.11 billion euros), Liverpool (973 million euros), Chelsea (769 million euros), Tottenham Hotspur (723 million euros), and Arsenal (723 million euros) (675 million).
Bayern Munich (1.06 billion euros) in fifth place and Paris Saint-Germain (887 million) in seventh position round out the top ten most valuable brands.
Despite Covid-19, Bayern Munich is the most valuable club in the world, with a score of 91.9 percent and a AAA+ rating. It is also the only top 10 club to have grown its worth (up 1%).
Serie A’s Juventus, Italy’s highest-ranked team, has lost 16 percent of its worth despite remaining at number 11 in the rankings.
According to the survey, the Covid-19 epidemic devalued the top 50 clubs by 11.2 percent, compared to a 2.2 percent reduction the year before.
Real Madrid is the most valuable football club in Spain, with a net worth of 3.13 billion euros, despite losing 10.1 percent of its brand value as a result of the epidemic and the ESL fallout for the third year in a row.
Florentino Perez’s club witnessed its worth drop for the first time since 2012, after nearly doubling in the previous ten years (+684 million euros).
Real Madrid midfielder, Toni Kroos contracts COVID-19
Real Madrid midfielder, Toni Kroos, has tested positive for COVID-19.
The club made the announcement in a statement via its website on Monday evening.
This is coming less than eight days after Kroos featured in Real Madrid’s LaLiga 2-2 draw against Sevilla.
The statement read, “Real Madrid C. F. announces that our player, Toni Kroos, tested positive in the COVID-19 test he underwent today.
“Kroos has been in isolation since Friday 14 May after having come into direct contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19.”
Kroos will now be in isolation in the next couple of days.
The Germany international is expected to miss Real Madrid’s next match against Villarreal on Saturday.
Leicester City suffers fresh injury blow ahead of Chelsea clash at Stamford Bridge.
Leicester City has been dealt a huge injury setback ahead of Tuesday night’s Premier League match against Chelsea.
Brendan Rodgers has revealed that Jonny Evans will miss Leicester’s match against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge due to a heel injury.
Evans was injured during Leicester City’s FA Cup final triumph over Chelsea at the weekend.
“He [Evans] isn’t going to play [against Chelsea].” “He’ll have to work hard for that,” Rodgers said in his pre-match press conference on Monday.
“For the weekend, we’ll see what he’s like.”
“At the time, there’s nothing to report,” he continued. We’ll see how they are after we start them moving on the second day after the game.
“There’s a reason they’re in the Champions League final. They have a fantastic group of players.
“We need to work hard and be equally ambitious to see whether we can capitalise on our opportunities.”
With 66 points from 36 games, Leicester is now in third place in the Premier League table, while Chelsea is fourth with 64 points from the same amount of games.
Man City vs Chelsea: Forget football, enjoy yourselves – Guardiola to players
Pep Guardiola, the manager of Manchester City, has stated that he ordered his players to forget about football ahead of their Champions League final against Chelsea on May 29 in Porto.
This was stated by Guardiola during his pre-match press conference on Monday, ahead of Man City’s Premier League encounter against Brighton on Tuesday.
Man City is coming off a 4-3 victory over Newcastle on Friday.
Guardiola added, “I advised them [Man City players] to forget about football and enjoy their time with their families as champions.”
“We’ll focus on winning the next match and preparing for the [Champions League] final [against Chelsea].”
“I have no doubt that the people are dead set on winning the last three games [this season].”
Man City knocked out Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League semi-finals earlier this month, while Chelsea ousted Real Madrid from the competition.
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Super Eagles’ Maduka Okoye included in Eredivisie Team of the season.
Maduka Okoye, the Super Eagles’ first-choice goalkeeper, has been named to the Eredivisie Team of the Season.
Okoye was chosen for his outstanding performances in goal for Sparta Rotterdam.
At the start of the season, the Nigerian switched from Fortuna Dusseldorf to Sparta Rotterdam.
Okoye has allowed 35 goals in 28 games since his arrival, while also keeping 10 clean sheets and saving 33 percent of the penalties he has faced.
“With contenders like Vitesse’s Remko Pasveer and FC Groningen’s Sergio Padt, the choice was difficult, but Okoye had a fantastic season at Sparta,” voetbalzone noted on their website.
The 20-year-transfer old’s value has increased fivefold, and he is garnering interest from other clubs, notably Dutch Champions Ajax.
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