90min’s Definitive European Power Rankings: Week 21 – Breaking Bad Special

​Following a week in which: 

– Liverpool DIDN’T play.

– Manchester City DIDN’T play. 

– Juventus DIDN’T bother trying to play and were beaten 2-1 by Hellas Verona. 

We, using quotes from Breaking Bad, rank the 15 best teams in Europe:


15. Sheffield United (Re-Entry)

Billy Sharp

“I once told a woman I was Kevin Costner, and it worked because I believed it.”

​Sheffield United once told the Premier League that they were the 2009 Barcelona team, and it worked because they believed it

At the start of the season, ​nine out of 12 members of the 90min editorial/written team predicted that the Blades would finish 20th.

In mid-February, they sit fifth in the league table, just two points adrift of the Champions League places. 

Are we all idiots? Yes.

Are Sheffield United the 2009 Barcelona team? They might be…


14. Manchester City (-) 

Pep Guardiola

“Darth Vader had responsibilities. He was responsible for the Death Star.”

Manchester City’s game was postponed this past week because the club were, to quote ​Toby Cudworth: “Too afraid to play the mighty Hammers! Irons! Irons! Irons!” 


13. Tottenham Hotspur (-)

Jose Mourinho

“Electrons – they change their energy levels. Molecules change their bonds. Elements – they combine and change into compounds. Well, that’s all of life, right? It’s the constant. It’s the cycle. It’s solution, dissolution, just over and over and over. It is growth, then decay, then transformation.”

Tottenham Hotspur didn’t play this past week because, to quote ​Sean Walsh: “Harry Winks wanted a holiday and he bloody deserved it so we gave it to him. One of our own! COYS! COYS! COYS!” 


12. Marseille (-) 

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“You need to stop focusing on the darkness behind you. The past is the past. Nothing can change what we’ve done.”

Andre Villas-Boas has finally stopped focusing on the darkness behind him: the disastrous spells at ​Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea. 

He’s put it behind him. The past is the past. 

And in doing so, he’s been able to move forward with Marseille, and propel them up to second in Ligue 1 and a 13 match unbeaten run in Ligue 1. 


11. Barcelona (Re-Entry) 

Sergio Busquets

“You are a time bomb tick, tick, ticking. And I have no intention of being around for the ‘boom.’”

Ok, so ​Barcelona won at the weekend. Big whoop-de-doo. Well done. But this one win doesn’t mask the serious problems at the club; because there’s a lot of them. They’re a time bomb tick, tick, ticking. 

One of the main problems is how bad they are defensively. 

Another is how their forward options don’t know how to play with Lionel Messi. 

Another is how ugly their chequered kit is. 


10. Benfica (Down 1) 

Carlos Vinicus,Ruben Dias,Haris Seferovic,Ferro

“This is my own private domicile and I will not be harassed…bitch!”

Benfica’s last 17 Primeira Liga games:

Played: 17.

Won: 16.

Drawn: 0.

Lost: 1.

Goals Scored: 44.

Goals Conceded: 9.

Goal Difference: +35.

Throughout this season, Primeira Liga has been Benfica’s own private domicile in which they were rarely harassed – except when they play Porto…they get slapped about by Porto. 


9. Porto (Re-Entry) 

Sergio Oliveira

“We’re done when I say we’re done.”

Porto – ​outta nowhere (!) – have blown the title race wide open – sort of.

They’ve now done the double over Benfica in the league, and are now just four points adrift of them. Nice one. 


8. Getafe (Up 3)

Jaime Mata,Jorge Molina,Mauro Arambarri

“So you do have a plan! Yeah Mr. White! Yeah science!”

Getafe have a plan! Yeah, a plan! 

And it’s pretty simple one, but bah gawd it’s working: it’s to not concede any goals.

They’ve now won their last four La Liga games without conceding a single goal. 

Yeah clean sheets!


7. Juventus (Down 3) 

Paulo Dybala

“Some people are immune to good advice.”

Do you know what’s a good idea? 

Starting Paulo Dybala.

That is a really good idea. 

Do you know what Maurizio Sarri doesn’t do? 

Start Paulo Dybala. 

Disaster. 


6. Hellas Verona (New Entry) 

FBL-ITA-SERIEA-VERONA-JUVENTUS

“Just because you shot Jesse James, don’t make you Jesse James.”

Ok, Hellas Verona, just because you beat the Italian champions, don’t make you the Italian champions. 

BUT, what such a win does do is catapult you into 90min’s Definitive European Power Rankings for the first time ever. Which, in our humble opinion, is a big deal. 


5. Real Madrid (Up 1) 

Luka Modric,Sergio Ramos

“There is gold in the streets just waiting for someone to come and scoop it up.”

With Atletico Madrid unable to hit a barn door and Barcelona sieving goals like a Sunday league team, ​Real Madrid have a real opportunity to win some Spanish silverware this season. 

And judging by their recent form, they’re ready to do just that; they’re ready to scoop it allllll up. 


4. SS Lazio (Up 4) 

Parma Calcio v SS Lazio - Serie A

“I am the danger. A guy opens his door and gets shot, and you think that of me? No! I am the one who knocks!”

Lazio are the danger.

They’re not the team in Serie A that rolls over for one of the top sides. No! They are one of the top sides.

Simone Inzaghi’s men’s win at the weekend moved them to within just one point of top spot in Serie A. They’re the real deal.


3. Paris Saint-Germain (-) 

FBL-FRA-CUP-DIJON-PARIS

“Tread lightly.”

Oh would you look at that, Paris Saint-Germain have won their last nine games in all competitions by scoring 29 goals and conceding just five?

What a surprise.


2. Inter (Up 3) 

Romelu Lukaku

“I have spent my whole life scared, frightened of things that could happen, might happen, might not happen. 50 years I spent like that – finding myself awake at three in the morning. But you know what? Ever since my diagnosis, I sleep just fine. And I came to realise, it’s that fear that’s the worst of it. That’s the real enemy. So, get up. Get out in the real world.”

​Inter spent the last decade scared, frightened of things that could happen, might happen, might not happen. Ten years they spent like that – finding themselves awake at three in the morning wondering how they managed to finish outside of the UEFA Champions League spots over and over again. 

But you know what? Ever since Antonio Conte’s appointment, they sleep just fine. And they came to realise, it’s that fear that’s the worst of it. That’s the real enemy. So, get up. Get out in the real world. And win the Scudetto. 


1. Liverpool (-) 

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain,Roberto Firmino

“The moral of the story is I chose a half measure when I should have gone all the way. I’ll never make that mistake again. No more half measures, Walter.”

Liverpool didn’t play this past week because, to quote ​Brendan Hodrien: “We’re the best team in the werrrrrlllllld mate! We don’t need to play – we’ve already won. YNWA!”


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Maurizio Sarri Provides Update on Aaron Ramsey’s Juventus Future Amid Premier League Return Rumours

​Maurizio Sarri has addressed speculation over Aaron Ramsey’s future at Juventus, saying the midfielder is continuing to make progress, despite injury setbacks.

The latter arrived in Turin last summer after his contract with Arsenal came to an end, with Juve offering him a deal worth £400,000-a-week. However, supporters have been disappointed by his performances and lack of game-time, with Ramsey making only seven Serie A starts this term.

Juventus v Cagliari Calcio - Serie A

​Recent reports suggested the club were looking to sell him once the 2019/20 campaign reaches its conclusion. By the start of the summer, the Welshman will have three years remaining on his contract at Allianz Stadium.

Though ​Juventus would make a significant profit if they chose to offload him, their manager has played down rumours linking Ramsey with a switch away. Sarri said (as quoted by the ​Mirror): “[He] is growing, both as a condition and a belief.

It was not easy for him to adapt, coming from the ​Premier League and from a bad injury,” the 61-year-old explained, referring to the fitness problems that have plagued the playmaker this season.

Ramsey has spent time out with four different injuries since arriving in Turin. Back pain and adductor issues have both impacted his minutes on the pitch, with a couple of minor setbacks adding to the former ​Arsenal star’s frustration.

Aaron Ramsey

He may have failed to impress Bianconeri fans, but the 29-year-old is still one of his country’s most valuable players and reliable performers. He bagged a brace in Wales’ 2-0 win over Hungary in November, a win that sealed their qualification for Euro 2020.

That appeared to be a turning point for Ramsey. However, the aforementioned fitness have refused to go away. After his international exploits during the autumn, he has started just four Juve games – completing none – in all competitions.


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Juventus Announce Allianz Partnership Extension Until 2030

​Juventus have announced that they have agreed a deal to extend their partnership with Allianz until 2030, having initially signed a stadium naming rights agreement with the insurance industry giant back in 2017.

Allianz will continue to hold the naming rights for the Juventus Stadium, but the new deal will include an official logo on the first team training kits, as well as some sponsorship rights for the women’s team.


Ahead of ​Juventus’ Coppa Italia semi-final first leg clash with ​AC Milan on Thursday evening, a deal has been struck that will see an Allianz logo be present on the Bianconeri’s chests for their warm-ups and training sessions, a move that will remain in tact for the next ten years. The logo will accompany the team in every single training session and warm up as a permanent fixture on their training jerseys.

“We are very happy to have expanded our partnership with Allianz, one of the most active global brands in the professional sport industry,” Giorgio Ricci, Juventus’ chief revenue officer, said on the club’s ​official website.

“This agreement, which defines a wider perimeter of rights, will be visible every day on the training field and during match days, and it will also allow us to say with certainty that our stadium will be an Allianz venue until 30 June 2030.”

Giacomo Campora, CEO of Allianz S.p.A., said: “As of today, our partnership with Juventus has become even more solid, lasting and relevant at a national and international level. 

Training session and Press conference Ajax in Turin

“Not only have we extended the naming rights agreement with this top football club for the Allianz Stadium until 2030, but we have identified numerous additional sponsorship solutions that will associate the Allianz brand to the First Team, as well as making an important commitment with the Club’s Women’s Sector.”

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Cristiano Ronaldo Celebrated at Viareggio Carnival With Giant Float

​Cristiano Ronaldo is considered as a God among mere mortals on the football pitch – and his legendary status was celebrated at the Viareggio Carnival in Tuscany, where the Portuguese superstar was depicted on a giant float. 

The Italian festival is one of the most well-known carnivals in Europe, and it is famous for its impressive masks and floats. The floats often take the shape of famous celebrities, such as sportsmen, politicians, actors or actresses, and this year was the turn of Juventus star Ronaldo. 


​Football on Tap​ shared a video of the 20-foot-tall, paper-mache CR7 floating along the streets of Viareggio, with the word ‘Idol’ sitting above his wide shoulders. The giant Ronaldo appears to be dancing to the music blaring in the background, appearing in the form of a superhero. 

The 35-year-old has been a vital part of Juve’s title challenge this season, and he has continued to set new records since his arrival from ​Real Madrid in 2018. ​Ronaldo has scored 20 goals in 20 matches this season, and he has bagged in all of his last ten league games, posting a total of 15 goals in that time. 

The Portuguese sensation’s goals have not been enough to help I Bianconeri take the lead in the ​Serie A title race, as a recent shock defeat to Hellas Verona meant that rivals ​Inter took the opportunity to leapfrog the reigning champions. 

Cristiano Ronaldo

​Juve are now second in the table, only one point above fellow-title hopefuls Lazio. Maurizio Sarri’s men will also be desperate to win the ​Champions League as well as gaining domestic success, and Ronaldo has openly admitted that he is determined to win the trophy in a third different country.

I Bianconeri face French side Lyon in the round of 16, and they will be hoping to improve on last year’s shock quarter-final exit to Ajax. 

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