Florentino Pérez defended the idea of creating the new Super League in an interview exclusively granted to the El Chiringuito program. "Whenever there is a change, there are always people who oppose it, it happened to Bernabéu and the history of football changed. What's so attractive? That we play among the greats, competitiveness, more resources are generated. The rich? Me? I do not own Real Madrid, we're a football club and we do this to save football".
Why the Super League?
"The important clubs in England, Italy and Spain have to give a solution to a very bad situation that football is going through, we have lost 5,000 million, very bad. Last year we had a budget of 800 and we ended up at 700 and this year instead of 900 we are going to see if we enter 600, in two seasons 400 million less, only Real Madrid".
Young people are no longer interested in football... why not?
"Because there are many games of poor quality. Football has to evolve, like companies, people, mentalities. The networks have changed the way of behaving and football has to change and adapt to the times we live in. Football was Losing interest, you can see that audiences are decreasing and rights are decreasing and something had to be done. We are all ruined, football is global and these 12 teams and some more have fans all over the world. Television has to change so that We can adapt. Young people are no longer interested in football, why not? Because there are many poor quality matches and they are not interested, they have other platforms to distract themselves".
Why aren't PSG or Bayern there?
"We haven't invited PSG for the moment, nor the two Germans. We could be 15 and another five who are alternating. Bayern? When this came out, I don't know why, someone said that we are going to end the leagues And nobody with common sense wants to end the leagues, in England are they going to end the Premier? It cannot exist for 50, Rome and Naples will also have the right so that their merits can be there. But what gives money they are the 15 fixed that play between them every week".
When would the Super League start?
"We will try to start as soon as possible. We are going to talk to UEFA and FIFA, I don't know why they have to get angry. UEFA worked in another format that, firstly, I didn't understand it and then it doesn't produce the necessary income. to save football. When I say save football is to save everyone. What we want, who have inherited it from Bernábéu, is to save football so that for the next 20 years at least it can live with peace of mind".
When does the idea occur to you?
"When you have no income other than television, you say that the solution is to make more attractive matches that fans from all over the world can see with all the big clubs and we come to the conclusion that if instead of doing a Champions League we do in a Super League we would be able to alleviate what was lost".
What about UEFA's threats to players?
"The players can be calm because that (the threats) will not happen. But those who run the monopolies, UEFA, have to be transparent. UEFA does not have a good image, I do not want to mention things that have happened in UEFA but it has to be dialogue and non-threatening. They have presented a format that nobody understands and they say that they are going to start in 2024 that in 2024 we are dead. That there are clubs that have lost hundreds of millions".
European Super League: Higher quality matches
"There are matches of poor quality. A Barcelona-Manchester is more entertaining than a Manchester against a more modest team. What does the whole world demand? We have fans all over the world. That is what makes money, other competitions do not give money. And that money is for everyone, it is a pyramid. If those of us at the top have money ... but if the money is not generated, it doesn't exist".