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Real Madrid president in talks with 50-60 clubs over revamped European Super League – reports

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The European Super League was an idea too progressive and bold for its time. The project was spearheaded by Real Madrid’s Florentino Perez and eventually triggered support from several of Europe’s elite before they all dispersed in fear of the consequences.

The Real Madrid president, however, has not given up on the project. He sees it to be the future of football, a model that centres around the betterment of clubs, and hopes to make it a reality soon.

Burning the midnight lamp

As revealed by Voz Populi’s (h/t The Madrid Zone) latest report, Perez is currently in talks with around 50 to 60 clubs to start the new open European Super League. The competition would have the teams split in three divisions, akin to UEFA’s hierarchy of the Champions League, the Europa League and the Conference League.

The Spanish administrator is pushing for the clubs to abandon UEFA’s projects and take part in the novel initiative. After all, an autonomous Super League would benefit member clubs immensely from a financial standpoint.

The European Court’s verdict on the UEFA vs ESL case will be given next week. Needless to say, a lot hinges on the judgement.

UEFA’s creative mimicry

While the Super League was initially dubbed as a difficult model to pull off, it appears that UEFA have virtually stolen the concept and incorporated it into the Champions League.

The 2024-25 edition of the European competition will host one giant pool of 36 teams as opposed to the usual system of 32 teams in eight groups of four. 

The teams will take part in an eight round swiss tournament where the top teams will qualify and the remaining slots will be decided based on two-legged knockouts.

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Bellingham, Vinicius reveal their preferred picks for the Ballon d’Or

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As Real Madrid gear up to face Borussia Dortmund in the finals of the UEFA Champions League this weekend, a number of their players interacted with the press today as part of the UEFA Open Media Day.

Jude Bellingham was one of the stars who answered questions from the media ahead of what will be an emotional game for him against his former club, in his homeland.

The England international has enjoyed a spectacular debut season at Real Madrid and is seen as a strong contender for the Ballon d’Or this season.

However, when asked about the Golden Orb, Bellingham tipped his Madrid teammate Vinicius Jr. as his pick to win the prestigious honour this year.

“For me, Vinicius is the best in the world. He creates magic out of nothing. He has everything to be the best,” said Bellingham, as quoted by The Athletic’s Guillermo Rai.

After all, Vinicius has also enjoyed a scintillating campaign and is one of the frontrunners to walk away with the Ballon d’Or, owing to his clutch performances for Real Madrid.

Who will win the 2024 Ballon d’Or? (Photo by Aitor Alcalde/Getty Images)

The Brazilian also spoke to the media today and was asked about the Ballon d’Or. Interestingly, he went on to name Bellingham as his pick to win the Golden Ball.

“I would give the Ballon d’Or to Bellingham,” he said, as quoted by Carrusel.

When Bellingham was informed about Vinicius picking him as the favourite for the Ballon d’Or, the England international responded by saying:

“If that’s how he feels, then you can split it in two (laughs).”

The responses show the strong bond and camaraderie that the two superstars of Real Madrid share.

Both are contenders to lift the Golden Ball this year and a win in the Champions League, coupled with strong performances in the summer’s international tournaments, would further enhance their chances.

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