Manchester United star Bruno Feranandes has become the most high-profile player to speak out against plans for a European Super League, saying that ‘dreams are not for sale’.
The Red Devils were one of 12 teams to sensationally announce their own new breakaway tournament that will overshadow UEFA’s Champions League, which will begin ‘as soon as practically possible’.
The twelve teams, including all of England’s Big Six clubs, will be part of a mega-rich competition in which 15 of the 20 participating teams automatically qualify for the competition on an annual basis.
Bruno Fernandes has become the most high-profile player to speak out against the new plans of the European Super League
Fernandes said that “dreams are not for sale,” referring to the Super League’s high entry price
Wolves player Daniel Podence posted an emotional post closing the conversations, with Fernandes sharing the winger’s post, captioning, ‘Dreams can’t be bought (bought).’
Podence’s original message was, “The Ball. The song. The dream. The Zidane’s (sic) volley … Kaka’s solo … Liverpool in Athens … Ole in Barcelona … Cris and Seedorf
“There are things we just can’t afford.”
Wolves winger Daniel Podence emotionally resisted the Super League’s plans
Former United midfielder Ander Herrera, who now plays for PSG – one of the big clubs that has not yet signed the proposals – has also spoken out against the new breakaway tournament.
The former Manchester United man took to Twitter on Monday to criticize the plans, saying they are ‘the rich who are stealing what the people have made’.
Other players, such as former Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren, Mesut Ozil and Yannick Bolasie, have also made plans that are proving unpopular.
PSG midfielder Ander Herrera also spoke out against the proposed Super League plans
Herrera took to Twitter on Monday to report the moves that ‘steal what the people have made’
Herrera, whose PSG squad has not yet joined the plans but could still do so, wrote on Twitter: ‘I fell in love with popular football, with the fans’ football, with the dream of becoming the team from my heart. fight against the best.
If this European super league moves forward, those dreams will be over and the fans’ illusions of the teams who are not giants to be able to win on the field and compete in the best competitions will end.
“I love football and I can’t shut up about that, I believe in an improved Champions League, but not in the rich who steal what the people have made, that’s nothing but the most beautiful sport in the world.”
Lovren, who won the Champions League with Liverpool in 2019 and currently plays for Russian Zenit Saint Petersburg, wrote on Twitter: ‘Football is on the brink of collapse in the near future.
‘Nobody thinks about the bigger picture, only the financial side. I still believe we can fix this unpleasant situation. ‘
And when Lovren was asked why other big names like him and Herrera hadn’t spoken out, he said, “They’re still asleep.”
Dejan Lovren, a Premier League and Champions League winner at Liverpool, rejected plans that his former club was a central part of.
Mesut Ozil was dismissive of the idea, saying that a Super League cannot be compared to a World Cup
Former Arsenal and Real Madrid midfielder Mesut Özil, a World Cup winner with Germany in 2014 and now playing for Fenerbahce, said on Twitter: ‘Kids grow up dreaming of winning the World Cup and the Champions League – not a Super League.
“The fun of big games is that they only happen once or twice a year, not every week. Really hard to understand for all the football fans out there … ‘
Bolasie, meanwhile, wrote: ‘Some real mercenaries … all values and history thrown out the window.
‘I was a fan before I played football, I’m a fan now and will be after I finish playing … it’s not about me or anyone else, it’s about the millions of fans who follow their teams week after week regardless of success /riches..funny how it starts to get more level & man jumps. ‘
In November, Toni Kroos said how the modern game was being reshaped by FIFA and UEFA and was critical of the Super League plan then voiced.
Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos previously had plans to set up a Super League
He said on the podcast ‘Einfach bad Luppen’: ‘Unfortunately we as players have not made up their minds. We are just puppets of FIFA and UEFA. If there was a players union, we wouldn’t be playing Nations League or Spanish Super Cup in Saudi Arabia.
‘These leagues try to absorb everything financially, also to physically squeeze the players. But I’m a big fan of leaving things like that behind when they go well. The leagues are already at the top, along with the Champions League, the World Cup.
‘From a sports point of view, it would certainly be interesting because there would only be matches at a high level. But the gap between the big and small clubs will widen even further. Not always everything has to be more, faster, more and more money. ‘