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Florentino Perez continues to call for Super League & attacks PSG president

Published on: 02 October 2022

Florentino Perez has once again called for a Super League to be introduced, attacking PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi in the process.

Perez was one of those behind the creation of a proposed Super League and, despite the backlash from fans all over the world, has remained adamant that it should be introduced.

Speaking at Real Madrid's annual general meeting, he continued to push for it, saying that football would benefit hugely from the top teams regularly playing one another, drawing a comparison to tennis.

"Our sport is sick. It's losing its leadership as a global sport," he said.

"We mustn't be confused by the impact of Real Madrid's European Cup run [in the Champions League last season] when we were involved in seven games of the highest intensity and interest. That was the result of the draw, and of the quality and greatness of our team. It was a spectacle that helped bring excitement back to the viewers.

"That's why we believe European competitions must change, to offer fans top-level games year-round between the strongest teams, with the best players competing.

"In tennis, [Rafa] Nadal and [Roger] Federer have played 40 times in 15 years. Nadal and [Novak] Djokovic have played 59 matches in 16 years. In football we've only played Liverpool nine times in 67 years. We've played Chelsea four times in the history of the European Cup. What sense does it make to deprive fans of all these games?"

PSG were one of the few top clubs not to support the Super League when it was announced, with president Al-Khelaifi, who is also the chairman of the European Clubs' Association, being outspoken in his criticism of it.

In his speech, Perez addressed him directly, responded to such criticism.

"Recently the chairman of the European Clubs' Association said, talking about the Super League, that Real Madrid are afraid of the competition. Maybe the president of the ECA has to be reminded who Real Madrid are. Competition is in our DNA," he said.

This article was originally published on 90min as Florentino Perez continues to call for Super League & attacks PSG president.


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