Gerard Pique reveals how Real Madrid and Barcelona can find it ‘difficult’ to compete in Europe after increasing US and Saudi ownership of clubs
Pique talks about how US and Saudi Arabian owned clubs will make it difficult for Socio-owned clubs to play in Europe.
Gerard Pique's interview (Image Via- skynews)
Former Spain and FC Barcelona defender Gerard Pique spoke about how socio-owned clubs like Barcelona and Real Madrid would struggle with other European giants with the growing influence of Middle-eastern and American superpowers in the game. The defender expressed his concerns over the financial and political influence that these powers might bring to their respective clubs. Whereas, fans own and maintain most of the Spanish clubs.
In a recent interview, Pique talked about his concern over clubs like Barca and Madrid’s future in competition against other top European clubs. He said, “Barcelona and Real Madrid, which are owned by the socios, will find it increasingly difficult to compete in Europe.”
The former Manchester United center-back also hinted at the shifting power structure in the footballing geography. He said, “For a long time we have been waiting for a ‘fair play’ at European level, but for political reasons it does not exist. Now teams like PSG and Man City have a huge advantage for the reasons we already know…” Pique went on to praise the American model of the sporting structure. He believes, in the American model, the clubs act in the sport’s interest and, “they all row in the same direction because they have the same interest.”
The transfers like the ones of Karim Benzema, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Lionel Messi are a few examples. But unlike these clubs, the socio-owned clubs can’t buy players with such high valuations due to a lack of financial strength. And this is causing an imbalance among the clubs.
Gerard Pique arrived in Miami to announce his engagement with girlfriend Clara Chia
Sources reportedly claimed the couple is planning to marry in a matter of weeks. Gerard and Clara went public with their romance last year after Pique’s split from Shakira. And they have not been shy of showing off their romance.
Talking about the rumors of Pique marrying Clara Chia, the source reportedly said, “Gerard Pique and Clara Chia are going to get married. The ex-footballer and his girlfriend have taken this very important decision. They have also planned the ideal moment to make the good news public. The announcement will be made on another important date for Pique. It is the wedding of his brother Marc who is going to marry his childhood sweetheart Maria on June 24.”
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