Several high-profile footballers has come forward to raise their voice against the competition.
The world of football has been thrown into chaos since European Super League has been announced by 12 breakaway clubs. The big six clubs of England have joined heavyweights from Spain and Italy to formulate a closed competition.
The reaction to the announcement of the European Super League has been exponential. The fans, football experts, journalists and the legends of the game have come together to express their rejection of the concept.
Several football governing bodies across the world have taken a stance to prevent the European Super League to function, as it will break the domestic league’s ethos of competition and goes against the principles of football in general. They have warned the contesting clubs and players who will be banned from contesting in the domestic leagues and representing their national teams respectively.
Interestingly, many high-profile players have also voiced their opinion against organizing the competition citing it would undermine domestic leagues and the UEFA Champions League in particular.
10. Patrick Bamford
Leeds United held Liverpool to a 1 – 1 draw on Monday, following which Patrick Bamford expressed his opinion in the post match interview. The forward became one of the first players to speak against the idea of the breakaway league. Here is what he had to say:
9. Giuseppe Rossi
Villarreal great Giuseppe Rossi also has come forward denouncing the idea, terming it as a joke. “Who else thinks this Super League bullsh*t is a joke??? I’m hoping every soccer/football fan in the world realizes how damaging this is to out game,” he wrote on Twitter.
8. Dejan Lovren
Dejan Lovren, former Liverpool center-back took to Twitter and expressed his disagreement by the proposal of the European Super League.
The Croatia international felt that the introduction of such a tournament will lead football to the brink of collapse in the upcoming future. He also alleged that the concerned authorities are only thinking about the monetary side of things in there.
7. Ander Herrera
Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Ander Herrera went on to express his his annoyance with the idea of the European Super League on Twitter. Interestingly, Paris Saint-Germain are yet to agree to compete in the tournament. The former Manchester United midfielder called for changes in the current structure of the Champions League, instead of breaking away from the competition altogether.
6. Mesut Ozil
Former Real Madrid and Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil also took to social media to express his dissent with the idea of the European Super League. The 2014 FIFA World Cup winner has also taken to Twitter and said how saddening it will be for the younger generations of footballers. This is what he had to say:
5. James Milner
Liverpool’s captain against Leeds United, in the absence of Jordan Henderson, also expressed his opinion regarding the controversy. Speaking during the post-match interview, he said that, “There is a lot of questions. I can only say my personal opinion, I don’t like it and hopefully it doesn’t happen.”
“For the same reasons everyone else has been talking about it. It’s been difficult, we’ve had a game we’re trying to prepare for, but I can only imagine what has been said and agree with most of it. Players obviously have no say, so the welcome we got to the ground tonight felt a bit unjust. We are here to play football and have no control over it.” Milner further added on why he was against the idea of the Super League.
4. Marcus Rashford
Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford has also taken to twitter and uploaded a somber image depicting an iconic message from club legend Sir Matt Busby. Rashford is the second player after Bruno Fernandes from the Red Devils camp who has raised his voice against the project.
3. Luke Shaw
Manchester United defender Luke Shaw was yet another Premier League player who spoke against the introduction of the European Super League. The Englishman took to Twitter where he posted his statement.
2. Kevin De Bruyne
Manchester City midfield ace Kevin De Bruyne became yet another player from the founding clubs to speak up against the European Super League. Shortly after the news of Chelsea withdrawing from the breakaway league broke out, the midfielder tweeted his opinion on it.
1. Toni Kroos
German clubs like Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund have categorically refused to be a part of the European Super League, rejecting their invite.
Toni Kroos, who is also a 2014 FIFA World Cup winner with Germany had voiced a similar opinion. He particularly resisted the idea of introducing the European Super League during an interview last year.
“With the invention of all these new things we seem to be just the puppets of FIFA and UEFA,” the Real Madrid midfielder said.
“These competitions are created to suck everything out of every single player physically and to suck out as much money as possible. When certain things work well it is a good idea to leave them that way.”