Real Madrid and Belgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has hit out at UEFA and FIFA for scheduling multiple matches at the expense of player welfare.
The outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic has seen the playing calendar tightly squeezed, with the Champions League and other competitions taking place in shorter spaces of time, and there seems to be no let up in the near future.
And Courtois hit out at football's governing bodies after Belgium's 2-1 loss to Italy in the Nations League third-place play-off.
"This game is just a money game and we have to be honest about it," Courtois told Sky Sports. "We just play it because for UEFA it's extra money.
"Look at how much both teams changed [line-ups]. If both teams would have been in the final there would have been other players in the final playing. This just shows that we play too many games."
"They [UEFA] made an extra trophy [UEFA Conference League]… it is always the same," Courtois continued. They can be angry about other teams wanting a Super League but they don't care about the players, they just care about their pockets.
"It's a bad thing that players are not spoken about. And now you hear about a European Championship and a World Cup every year, when will we get a rest? Never."