UEFA is killing football – Florentino Perez says

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Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus are the only clubs that have still shown commitment to the European Super League project.

The European Super League was founded in April 2021, and had a strong momentum until it sparked massive protests from fans in the Premier League.

Premier League sides Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham were among the 12 founding members of the ESL.

Talks of the ESL have died down, however, on December 15, the legality of the ESL is set to be determined in court.

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez, while speaking at Real Madrid’s general assembly, has claimed that UEFA is killing football.

“With the utmost respect for the national leagues, the major European competitions must offer matches throughout the year. Games that bring young people back,” Real Madrid’s president Florentino Perez said.

“Nadal and Djokovic have played against 59 times, is this boring? UEFA is increasing matches between inconsequential teams. This will only accelerate the decline of European football.

“The audiovisual income of the NFL has surpassed those of the Champions League. I repeat: they must be doing something very well in the USA and very badly in Europe. Football is losing the battle.

“Football needs professional, modern and transparent management. We must stop the deterioration of football. That’s why we took the step of offering a competition like the Super League.”

Perez pointe out: “Nadal and Federer played each other 40 times in 15 years. So far, Nadal and Djokovic have faced each other 59 times in 16 years. Is this boring? These historic clashes have grown tennis as a whole.

“In football the figures are staggering. It turns out we have played Liverpool, a historic team with six European Cups, only nine times in 67 years. And only three times in Madrid. We have only played Chelsea four times in the history of the European Cup.”

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