Florentino Perez’s European Super League Move Called Egoistic and Greedy by UEFA President

Published 02/08/2024, 7:32 AM EST

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“You cannot buy football,” is the adamant belief maintained by UEFA President, Aleksander Ceferin, on the matter of the European Super League. This stance has remained unaltered even after EU court rulings permitting the commencement of the Super League. Recently too, Mr. Ceferin delivered a powerful speech calling out this proposal as nothing more than a revenue scheme that poses a potential menace to unity within European soccer realms.

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As per Marca, during his opening speech at the congress, the 56-year-old was unequivocal in his condemnation of both Real Madrid president Florentino Perez and his brainchild league. He urged all attendees to collectively ‘protect’ Europe’s system of relegation and promotion, a paradigm he believes is under threat from the Super League initiatives. Ceferin expressed, “There are those who are trying to trample, they pretend to be the saviors when in reality they are digging the graves. They are predators. They form a closed circle.”

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He further added, “They know nothing about freedom of expression. European soccer represents one of the symbols of Europe.” While emphasizing the importance of unity, the Slovenian reiterated his long-standing belief that the Super League’s primary motive is to generate profit. He declared, “Not everyone can buy soccer. It’s not the life we want. There is no future without unity.”

Elaborating on their ulterior motives Ceferin believes, “There are a number of individuals who want to divide us by talking about the free market to keep growing in their ego, in their power and money.” Reflecting on this seeming superiority complex inherent in such characters, he remarked, “They plan for their desire to make more money, capital, power, prestige. Feeling of superiority and greed. They always want more and more. They want to be superior.”

Regarding the Champions League, Aleksander Ceferin expresses notable pride in its 70-year history. He also welcomed with eagerness the anticipated alterations set for the 2024-25 season.

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As disclosed last year, UEFA will adopt a revamped framework in the forthcoming season. There will be an increased participation from 32 to 36 teams engaged in a unified league competition. The prize money is also reportedly due for incremental surge as well. UEFA is projected to generate funds amounting to $5 billion between 2024 and 2027.

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Ceferin shared insights on this imminent leap stating, “Next season a new format for men’s competitions will be launched. More matches, more equality, more money… These are 70 exciting years, and many more await us.” Meanwhile, with 20 European clubs in agreement, the Super League is also on the verge of commencing, making it intriguing to observe which tournament will captivate a larger fan base.

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