Champions League

'Neymar Dreamed of Playing Against Messi' - Super League Tipped to Pit the Best Against Each Other Regularly

Ali Shibil Roshan
Messi and Neymar
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Anas Laghrari, general secretary of the European Super League, has defended the recently announced competition, insisting it provides a platform for the best players to come up against each other on a regular basis.

12 of Europe's top and biggest clubs joined hands to launch a largely-closed competition, which, despite protestations from the UEFA and several other leagues, was formally announced on Sunday night.

Real Madrid, FC Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, Juventus, Inter Milan, AC Milan, Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur are the 12 clubs, who have signed up for the new league, which has already been subject to intense criticism from across the footballing world, with it being suggested the new competition will kill football as we know it.

Laghrari, who was named the general secretary of the new competition, though, insists they want to create a platform for the best of football, where the best players will be regularly pitted against each other.

"We want to create [a platform for] the best football. A competition that everyone wants to see, that makes people dream," general secretary Laghrari told Le Parisien  [via Goal].

"The younger generations are less interested in football, they focus on playing on their console or whatever and only log in for the big games. But these big games rarely happen.

"There is also a frustration among players who want to play these big games against these great players. Neymar dreamed of playing against [Lionel] Messi.

"He was injured [in the 2020-21 Champions League round of 16] and maybe will not ever be able to play against Messi again.

"We are ready to sit around a table [with UEFA], we only ask for a dialogue. In case of disagreement? Everything could start in five months."