Javier Tebas, the President of La Liga, has long been critical of a proposed European Super League. In what has become the worst kept secret across Europe, Real Madrid president, Florentino Perez, is the leader of the proposed ESL project. Perez has been negotiating with FIFA as well as the owners of elite clubs across Europe to try to persuade them to move forward with the new league.
In an interview for Soccerex Connected via an online conference, Javier Tebas again vented his frustrations. “This Super League project is going to ruin the Champions League. That is what the big clubs are looking for. They want the Champions League to disappear and the money it generates, they want to divide this up between themselves.”
“If the European Super League were part of the future then the national leagues would have to close,’ he said. “It is disastrous for the national leagues but also for those same clubs (involved) in the very medium to long term. An ecosystem that works very well will end and it would be ruinous for them as well, but that is the delusion of grandeur for some,” Tebas explained.
It’s unclear whether Florentino’s desire for a European Super League will come to fruition. What is more than probable, is a restructuring of the current UEFA Champions League format with new qualification tiers and more money distributed to the bigger clubs. Real Madrid’s new stadium is expected to be complete by 2022 and Florentino is keen to pack the Bernabeu week in and week out with a glamorous and highly profitable European Super League