The Super League already exists: it's called the Premier League

OPINION

@LluisMascaro

The Super League Florentino Perez wanted to launch already exists. And it's called the Premier League. The superiority of the English teams in Europe is overwhelming. The four teams in the Champions League (Manchester City, Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United) have already qualified for the last 16 with a game to spare. And all four top their groups. The Spanish league, that's dominated Europe recently, has lost its way. Of the five clubs in the competition, only one has booked their place in the knockout rounds (Real Madrid). The rest (Barcelona, Atlético, Villarreal and Sevilla) are in risk of being 'condemned' to the Europa League. Or not even that...

The power of the Premier League is not new. Five of the last eight finalists have been English teams in the last four years and there have been two winners: Liverpool in 2019 and Chelsea in 2021. The reason is of course financial. They're all in the hands of multimillionaires. Like the Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, from the Abu Dhabi royal family, who is the owner of Manchester City. Like Roman Abramovich, the Russian oligarch and owner of Chelsea. Like the Glazer family, the American owners of United, and Fenway Sports Group (also American), who own Liverpool.

It's true that the owners are not English but that doesn't seem to concern the club's fans, who want the best players and the biggest trophies. And they're achieving that. At the same time, the value of the competition is going up. The television rights for the Premier League are worth 17 billion euros (11.6 billion internationally and 5.8 billion locally). It's a huge amount that leaves the other leagues, including the Spanish league, lagging behind.

English football rules in Europe and only Bayern Munich are ready to stand up to them. Paris Saint-Germain, despite having the best forward line on the planet (Messi-Neymar-Mbappé), have still not taken off. And the Spanish teams, well, they're quickly losing their place at the top. For that reason, the Premier League clubs were the first to drop out of the Super League. They don't need it. They already it in England.

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