The European Super League Was A Ploy

Over the course of your life, there will be many situations where you have to trust your gut. I ran into one of those a couple days ago and wrote about it. However, I ended up not fully trusting it and instead hoping that it would come to fruition instead of knowing it would. Today, I’m realizing that my initial gut feeling about the European Super League was correct: This isn’t really going to happen.

It is 3:15pm EST on Tuesday, April 20, 2021 as I’m writing this. The European Super League was announced about 48 hours ago. As of right now, Chelsea FC has filed paperwork requesting to leave the league and Manchester City FC is rumored to be following close behind. Also, Ed Woodward, longtime chairman of Manchester United, has resigned following the news that the club would be part of the league. Basically, the foundation is starting to crumble, but that would assume that the foundation existed to begin with.

A user I follow on Twitter (@Mikhaelll) made an interesting point:

With this in mind, it’s easy to see what happened here: The European Super League is not going to be a real thing. It’s simply a ploy to make UEFA realize that they need these top-tier clubs in order to remain socially relevant, and that they need to pay them more money in order to help everyone be successful.

This was a well-organized effort by Florentino Perez to make UEFA understand that the Champions League needs to give more money to the teams that make it so good. After all, the 17th-placed team in the Premier League gets more money at the end of the season than the winner of the Champions League. Basically, it’s more profitable to avoid the relegation zone in England than it is to be the champions of Europe. Think about that. How incredibly ridiculous is that? And it’s because UEFA lacks transparency.

Speaking of UEFA, and FIFA, at large, let’s stop pretending like these institutions are paragons of morality. In fact, these are some of the most corrupt organizations on Earth. After all, FIFA’s last president, Sepp Blatter, was thrown in jail for it and UEFA’s last president, Michel Platini, was banned from all soccer activities for eight years.

What Florentino Perez has done has been and is being rightfully criticized, but after his interview last night on Spanish sports show El Chiringuito, the rationale became much more clear. It’s ridiculous that we know the salaries of the biggest sports stars, like LeBron James, but we don’t know how much Aleksander Ceferin, the President of UEFA, does.

In order for The Beautiful Game to survive, there needs to be much more transparency and less greed. No one’s right here, and just about everyone’s in the wrong, but we can now see what needs to be done to move forward.

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