Real Madrid breaks silence on participation at 2025 FIFA Club World Cup


Real Madrid Football Club have released an official statement on its website concerning the FIFA Club World Cup which will be played next year in June 2025.

There have been reports that Real Madrid will not be participating in the competition despite winning the 2023/24 UEFA Champions League which grants them an automatic spot. The manager of the club, Carlo Ancelotti had initially stated that they wouldn't participate in the tournament because of the financial incentive attached to winning the trophy.

What did Carlo Ancelotti say?

"Real Madrid will NOT go to the FIFA World Club, we will reject the invitation like other clubs. Just one single Real Madrid match is worth €20m and they want to give us that money for the whole competition. no way. negative."

What did Real Madrid say about the FIFA Club World Cup?

Real Madrid released a statement on its website on Monday, June 10, 2024, confirming that they will participate in the tournament and they will be proud to compete in it for their fans.

"Real Madrid CF would like to announce that at no time there has been any question regarding our participation in the new Club World Cup to be organized by FIFA in the coming 2024/2025 season. Our club will therefore take part, as planned, in this official competition and we are proud and excited to be involved in it and we will once again inspire our millions of fans all over the world with another trophy."

However, Ancelotti has cleared to air concerning his initial statement. According to him, he was quoted out of context by everyone.

"In my interview with Il Giornale, my words about the FIFA Club World Cup have not been interpreted in the way I intended. Nothing could be further from my interest than rejecting the possibility of playing a tournament that I think can be a great opportunity to continue fighting for great titles with Real Madrid”.

The new format of the Club World Cup will see 32 teams participate in the trophy.

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