Then of the twelve founding members have officially pulled out of the European Super League, but Barcelona remain committed to Super League.
On Tuesday, the new project collapsed spectacularly, less than 48 hours after it was announced. This was because all six Premier League club withdrew from the competition.
Then, all three Italian clubs Inter Milan, Juventus and AC Milan followed suit.
Atletico Madrid also withdrew immediately after the ‘Big Six’, but was the only Spanish club to do so.
Real Madrid, whose president Florentino Pérez was planning to become the new league’s chairman, still stick adamantly to the idea.
Barcelona also hold on fiercely, despite the overwhelming backlash. They announced their intention to continue with the ill-fated Super League.
They reason that they’ll plough on because European football is in dire “need for structural reforms”.
Barcelona Remain Committed to Super League
Barcelona’s statement on Thursday read: “The decision was made in the conviction that it would have been a historical error to turn down the opportunity to be part of this project as one of its founding members.”
“As one of the world’s top sports club, our intention shall always be to be at the forefront, this being an indispensable part of the club’s identity and its sporting, social and institutional spirit,” it boldly declared.
About the immensely negative reaction of the fans globally and fellow clubs across Europe, they only said that “a much more in-depth analysis is required into the reasons that have caused this reaction.”
Read the entirety of the statement here.
Barcelona Management’s History
This stubbornness of Barcelona in the face of, what we consider at least, total and complete failure is no surprise.
After all, the Super League was originally the brainchild of Josep Maria Bartomeu. He connived the proposal, and the format and key players (clubs) of the competition, before he was fired from Barcelona.
Now, though Joan Laporta has replaced Bartomeu as Barcelona president, not much has changed. Laporta signed the contract for the league on Sunday because he likely wanted the starter money to clear Barcelona’s debts.
It seems he’s still intent on leading Barca in leading Super League.