Real Madrid president and European Super League chairman Florentino Perez has sent the football world into a crazed frenzy since his announcements regarding the Super League’s formation and the dealings in and around it.
In his internet-shattering interview with El Chiringuito TV, Perez went all out in his defense of the ESL project. In the process, he also attacked many of the top men in charge of football’s governing bodies . He also declared that this is the way forward for football and the top clubs will all work in harmony to permanently change the sport for the better and “save football.”
In the interview, Perez also hinted at some core changes to the way games are played themselves. He believed that a large portion of younger audiences are not interested in football and attributed that to the length of games. The lack of an instant payoff is one of the potential issues according to the Galacticos’ chief.
“We have to analyse why young people, 16-24 year olds, 40% of them aren’t interested in football. Why? They say the games are too long. If young people don’t watch an entire game, it’s because it isn’t interesting enough, or because we have to shorten the games.” said Perez.
This was just one of the many bombshells he dropped during the interview, leaving many fans across the world shocked and bewildered. How the European Super League (with Barcelona also among the founding clubs) develops in the future ahead of its projected start date in April remains to be seen.
There has been plenty of backlash to the entire operation, and the prospects of the basic rules of football being altered has stirred even more controversy. The next few months will witness numerous tussles and perhaps massive changes to the sport we all know and love.