Josep Maria Bartomeu resigned from his position of Barcelona president today and dropped a bombshell concerning the new European Super League Fifa intends to implement in the next few years. The former Catalan president stated that he accepted Barcelona’s participation in the Super League as the club’s financial position obliged. This decision is Bartomeu’s last as Barcelona president, alongside the acceptance of the new Club World Cup format.
Javier Tebas, the president of La Liga, was seemingly enraged at the sight of losing Barcelona, one of the top two sides in La Liga. The money-driven president has bashed Barcelona’s former president and heavily criticised the decision. Calling the Super League a ‘Fantasy League’ has just shown Tebas’ disgust at the new Fifa competition’s idea. He also insulted Bartomeu’s football knowledge, saying the Catalan entrepreneur “lacked football knowledge on all fronts”.
“Bartomeu’s last decision is his participation in a fantasy league, destroying Barcelona, and which basically confirms his lack of football knowledge on all fronts.”Javier Tebas in response to Bartomeu’s European Super League statement
Tebas isn’t an angel either as he also makes a handful of money-driven decisions concerning Spanish competitions. This is a president who moved the Spanish Super Cup to Saudi Arabia every January, a schedule that will tire footballers and the new format isn’t that great either. Tebas’ criticism comes after he knows he’s going to lose a hefty sum of money due to Barça moving along with the European Super League’s clubs.
Just in: Neymar’s entourage confirms renewal with PSG as he ‘likes the project’
Fabrizio Romano has broken huge news as part of Neymar’s contract situation with Paris Saint-Germain, which all but officially announces that the Brazilian will be staying in France, contrary to what has been reported recently. The report suggests that that he will sign his extension soon, which is bound to include a massive UCL bonus.
Neymar’s entourage have confirmed his decision to stay with the Paris outfit in conversation with France Football, saying, “Neymar wants to stay at PSG. He sees that the club is growing. He likes the project.”
Neymar is expected to sign soon his new contract with Paris Saint-Germain until June 2026, huge UCL bonus confirmed too. His entourage just announced to France Football: “Neymar wants to stay at PSG. He sees that the club is growing. He likes the project”. 🇧🇷 #PSG https://t.co/LMnrpctSkx— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) April 12, 2021
PSG have, in fact, actually enjoyed success in Europe in the recent past. They reached the Champions League final last season, crumbling only to the unstoppable Bayern Munich by a mere one goal to nil. Since then, they have fired Thomas Tuchel, and hired Mauricio Pochettino, who inspired an incredible victory against Bayern in this season’s Champions League quarters. Spearheaded by Neymar and Mbappe, the capital-side hit the defending champions for three goals, conceding two.
Despite their lead in the UCL, they do not have a stronghold on the trophy with the likes of Manchester City, Chelsea, and Real Madrid still in the running. It becomes a lot more problematic when you realise their situation in Ligue 1.
PSG look far from comfortable in the league, which is a shocker to say the least. As it stands, Pochettino’s mean are in second place with 66 points, three adrift of Lille who top the table with one of the most impressive defensive records in Europe.
A season without either of the big trophies might force Neymar to have a change of mind, with the Barcelona project looking much more comprehensive under Joan Laporta. In fact, the new President might look at the Brazilian as the key that will allow Lionel Messi to stay at the club. We do the same rumours annually, so it is only fair if any of these ‘confirmations’ are turned on their head in the coming weeks.