The Superliga project is in a legal stalemate once this week’s hearing took place in the Luxembourg court, but it is still alive and well in the minds of its main engine, Real Madrid. The white club have been brandishing since the start of UEFA’s financial emancipation plan the huge difference between what was received for the Champions League and what could be received if this new competition were created with the best clubs in Europe. Europe.
Just look at the figures at hand, those from the last Champions League. Winning the fourteenth title in Paris brought in 132.48 million euros to the Merengues coffers. If the Super League had worked, and according to the draft of the project leaked at the time in The Times, the price would have been at least double: around 276 M€, plus the corresponding share to be distributed according to the share of audiences of TV.
This television pool would distribute around an additional €600 million among the twenty participating clubs. All of this based on the Superliga’s projected overall revenue estimate of close to €4,000m per season. A very appetizing bite.
The strong point is the fixed point on which the white club would count every year just to be present in this semi-closed competition. It would be 86.6 M€ as a founding member, which also guarantees you to participate in all the editions, i.e. an additional 65 M€. Before the ball rolled in the first game of every Super League, Madrid would have guaranteed €151.6m… which is already more than they have received now to be crowned champions in Paris.
After the fixed, would come the variables. According to the Super League project, 20% of the revenue would be distributed on merit once the competition is over. Premier League style. With this recipe, the champion would receive around 9% of the total in prize money, or around €125.2 million. There would be the calculation of the €276.6 million in the absence of television license fees.
Another relevant point is the “welcome” bonus to the Super League. The 3,500 million that JP Morgan was going to inject would go to the 15 founding clubs and would be divided into four categories, Madrid in the lead, for which they would receive 350 M€ in a single payment. Bearing in mind that under the current Champions League model, each club that qualifies for the group stage receives a fixed payment of €15.64m (in the case of Madrid an additional €36.4m is added to be at the top of the UEFA coefficient ranking), this bonus just for starting in the Super League, is to multiply by 25 the price of qualification for the Champions League…
Sidereal economic distances that attract the entity of Chamartín. Florentino Pérez continues to be a strong advocate of a new paradigm for football that allows club profits to grow exponentially. “We believe that we have the right to organize competitions between us. We understand that UEFA is a monopoly, that it is an organizer, a regulator and a judge and that one of the pillars of the EU is competition”, explained the president of Real Madrid to El Chiringuito on the 16th. June. Is the Super League still alive? “Of course,” Florentino concluded.
Either way, the dice are already cast as lawyers for the Super League and UEFA presented their case before the 15 judges of the Court of Justice of the European Union earlier this week and they will not render their decision until at least 2023. Ahead, there will be a possible glimpse of where the balance could fall when the attorney general rules on December 15, although his opinion is not binding.
Until then, Madrid continue to believe the decision will be favorable and confident that the Super League path is the only one going forward, despite UEFA’s changes to the Champions League format from the season onwards. 2024-25 in an attempt to appease the schism. Now, in addition, in Concha Espina, the rigors of inflation that the war in Ukraine generates and which also affects the works of the new Bernabéu are perceived with concern. More arguments, in the eyes of Madrid, to need the economic windfall that would come out of the hands of the Super League.