Perez sees parallels between the proposed (now halted) Super League and the EuroLeague.
Florentino Perez, president of Real Madrid, compared the proposed European football Super League to how clubs compete in the top-tier continental basketball championship, EuroLeague.
[In basketball] we live in that normality,” Perez said to the “El Larguero” show of Cadena Ser radio. “The ACB and the Euroleague, and nothing happens. The Euroleague was created with teams from Greece, Turkey, Russia … For example, Bayern Munich has a basketball team and it’s there.” Bayern Munich FC issued a statement rejecting the Super League.
“So I say, what happens? Is football different or how is this? It is important, in basketball it happens and people don’t complain. Euroleague saved [European] basketball,” Perez added.
Real Madrid was one of the 12 founding clubs of a proposed Super League, which was met with widespread opposition and criticism from clubs, football authorities (including UEFA), and fans around the world. The Super League announced its suspension as a result of the backlash and the withdrawal of some of the founding clubs.