Real Madrid president Florentino Pérez insists Super League is not dead. The Spanish executive still believes the breakaway competition will replace the “obsolete” Champions League.
Pérez was to be the chairman of the Super League which now faces a disbanding.
Some of the first clubs to withdraw hinted that they only signed up for the £3.5bn payout. They wanted a way to alleviate their finances after the losses incurred during the pandemic.
Some even went so far as to say that only a few clubs were “fanatics” for the idea. They claimed that these fanatics would back the Super League no matter what.
Could Pérez, the proposed chairman and the only one now defending the new league, be one of the so-called fanatics?
Pérez insists Super League is not dead and could “save football” in the future.
He also believes that the near-universal backlash in reaction to the proposal was because it was “presented badly”.
The Real boss thus remains committed to the idea. He still contends that it could introduce more sustainable football after the economic crisis of the pandemic.
“UEFA put on a show, that I was completely surprised by,” he told Spanish television programme El Larguero (via YouTube).
“As if we’d dropped a nuclear bomb. What did we do wrong? Maybe we presented it badly, but why didn’t they let us talk about it,” he continued.
“It isn’t fair that in England six are losing and 14 winning, that big clubs in Spain are losing money and the small clubs are earning money. Football is a pyramid. If there is money at the top, then the money flows down and everyone gets some.”
(Perez thus, true to form, seems to believe that the trickle down principle actually works in economy, and indeed, supersedes that of market monopoly.)
“At the top [of tennis, [Roger] Federer has to play against [Rafael] Nadal. People don’t go to see Nadal against the 80th in the world,” he reasoned.
He added, about the global outpourings of disapproval: “I have never seen aggression like it, from the president of UEFA and the domestic leagues.
“It seemed orchestrated. Insults, threats, like we killed football. We were trying to save football,” he said suggestively.