The announcement of the European Super League has taken the footballing world by storm. FIFA, UEFA, the Premier League, managers and fans alike have strongly condemned the formation of this breakaway league.
Fans believe that greed is at the epicenter of this project since an estimated €3.5 billion is to be received as grant money by the League’s founding clubs.
Many believe that developing football clubs would be devoid of rising up the ranks and achieving glory on merit if this league came into existence.
Players from various European Leagues have voiced their concerns on the emergence of the Super League. Players from founding clubs have also not held back when condemning the league.
DANIEL PODENCE / BRUNO FERNANDES (WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS / MANCHESTER UNITED)
Daniel Podence reminisced the famous Champions League anthem, the ball, and some key winning moments from the league. The Wolverhampton Wanderers playmaker insisted that these childhood memories are priceless.
Manchester United star player Bruno Fernandes echoed Podence’s feeling and reminded the footballing world that dreams could not be bought.
ANDER HERRERA (PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN)
Herrera feels that creation of the Super League is equivalent to the rich stealing from the beautiful game of football.
The PSG star loves the game because of the balance that it brings about in club competition, and the fact that it enables small teams to dream of achieving heights in the game.
But the 31-year-old concludes that with the creation of the Super League, those dreams will never become reality.
MESUT ÖZIL (FENERBAHÇE)
Ex-Arsenal playmaker Özil believes that there is no entertainment value in watching big teams play each other every week. He feels that they should be pitted against each other only once or twice a year.
The German insisted that aspiring footballers would always want to win the World Cup and the Champions League, but not a competition like the Super League.
DEJAN LOVREN (ZENIT ST. PETERSBURG)
Ex-Liverpool defender Lovren is worried the football will potentially collapse since the Super League only focusses on money.
Nevertheless, the Croatian believes the situation can be still salvaged.
ADA HEGERBERG (LYON)
Norwegian women’s team’s star striker Hegerberg went through the complete cycle of loving the Champions League as a kid, to becoming its all-time leading goalscorer as a player.
The 2018 Balon D’Or winner believes that the Champions League gives the players to weave their own legacy, and breakaway competitions like the Super League are only motivated by greed.
JAMES MILNER (LIVERPOOL)
Milner wishes that the Super league doesn’t see the light of day. Despite being a player from one of the 12 founding clubs, the Liverpool midfielder is synonymous with all the fan reaction that the league has received.
The ex-Premier League winner is proud of the fact that Liverpool earned their Premier League and Champions League titles, and the current system works completely fine.