Josep Maria Bartomeu’s decision to step down as President of Barcelona was not the only surprise announcement at his press conference on Tuesday, as the former head of Blaugrana announced that the club had signed up to play in the European Super League.
Much has been debated in the recent past about the possibilities for such a competition, which would include the involvement of the European elite, with the involvement of President Aleksander Ceferin of UEFA and President Javier Tebas of LaLiga.
However, Bartomeu indicated that a super league had already been set up and that Barcelona would be a founding team if the presidents of the Catalans had agreed.
“We have decided to join the European Super League of Football Clubs, which must be accepted at the next meeting of the delegates,” he said during his press conference.
Barcelona is not the only team that has already taken such a move, choosing a closed league without turning its back on domestic competition. They claim and maintain that rivalry between the same-level teams will lead to an increase in TV revenues and increased attendance.
As Marca has learned, some of the major clubs are going beyond the existing football structures and are also setting aside the European Club Association (ECA) to establish a system capable of creating a super league.
For the next three seasons of the Champions League, which will come into operation from next year, UEFA has already sold audiovisual rights.