Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has said the creation of the European Super League will "help football at all levels" after it was revealed that 12 teams had already signed up to be a part of the league.
In a bombshell that dropped in the early hours of Monday, the traditional 'Big Six' of the Premier League have all agreed to be part of a predominantly closed-shop league also featuring Real Madrid, Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, Juventus, Inter, and Milan. Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, and Paris Saint-Germain have reportedly rejected the idea to join the league.
Perez, who has been confirmed as president of the new league, insisted it is the right choice for the global game. "We are going to help football at all levels to take its rightful place in the world," Perez said, as per reports from Spanish outlet Marca.
"Football is the only global sport in the world with more than four billion fans and it is our responsibility as a big club to respond to the wishes of the fans."
Joel Glazer, co-chairman of Manchester United and vice chairman of the Super League said: "By bringing together the world’s greatest clubs and players to play each other throughout the season, the Super League will open a new chapter for European football, ensuring world- class competition and facilities, and increased financial support for the wider football pyramid."
Juventus president Andrea Agnelli has also reportedly resigned from his duties as president of the ECA and is "walking away" from the UEFA Executive Committee. "Our 12 Founder clubs represent billions of fans across the globe and 99 European trophies," he said.
"We have come together at this critical moment, enabling European competition to be transformed, putting the game we love on a sustainable footing for the long-term future, substantially increasing solidarity, and giving fans and amateur players a regular flow of headline fixtures that will feed their passion for the game while providing them with engaging role models."