The only way to stop the European Super League and why it will not happen
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Who can stop the Super League?
The answer is very simple, the players.
Whilst all the focus has been surrounding the clubs, little focus has been given to what the players of these teams might think and do.
From looking through social media, it is easy to see the reaction of the majority of fans and their disgust towards the concept.
Players in this era are heavily ingrained into the culture of social media with many building up huge followings and their own personal brands.
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Could the association with the Founding Clubs have a detrimental impact on their image?
Until interviews take place, it is difficult to gain a good understanding of whether the players will stand with their clubs despite the huge backlash.
However, whilst it has been made apparent during the pandemic that fans in stadiums are effectively secondary and not required for football to continue, it is pure fact that without those to play the game, the sport ceases to exist.
Should the players, who have shown togetherness on a number of critical movements throughout and before the pandemic, decide to take a stand against their employers and the ESL idea, it could make things very interesting.
The unfortunate reality for those suddenly filled with hope at this being a possibility however is grim.
Football has shown to be centred around money, particularly when it comes to players.
It only takes a glance at some of the wage demands being touted for Erling Haaland and to see that.
BARCELONA, SPAIN – FEBRUARY 16: Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona reacts as Kylian Mbappe of Paris Saint-Germain looks on after celebrating his side’s fourth goal during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 match between FC Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain at Camp Nou on February 16, 2021 in Barcelona, Spain. Sporting stadiums around Spain remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
The guarantee of the ESL is an increase in the revenue made and it is not rocket science to work out this would have a knock-on effect to player wages also.
The best players in the world have historically gravitated towards the places where the money is greatest. Be it the Premier League or European giants such as Real Madrid, Barcelona, Juventus, PSG or Bayern Munich.
The ESL represents a collective of the most rich and powerful and aims to be the peak of the sport across the globe. History tells us then that the likelihood is that players will gravitate towards this and a theoretical show of solidarity against the concept is nothing more than a pipe dream.
Therefore removing the arguably biggest obstacle to the ESL’s birth.