The six Premier League teams who were set to be founding members of the Super League - Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur, and Arsenal - all announced they would leave, and were followed by exits from Atlético Madrid, Inter Milan, and AC Milan.
Juventus have not officially left yet, but chairman Andrea Agnelli has recognized the Super League will not work in its current format.
“I remain convinced of the beauty of that project, of the value that it would have developed to the pyramid, of the creation of the best competition in the world, but evidently no. I don’t think that project is now still up and running,” he said.
Barcelona have not announced any plan to leave, but club president Joan Laporta has made it clear the team will not join the Super League unless the club’s members approve it with a vote. Considering the fan backlash, and the rapidly collapsing nature of the project, that seems unlikely, to say the least.
Real Madrid president Florentino Pérez, one of the chief architects of the Super League alongside Agnelli, defended the concept once again on Monday. Reports say Pérez is unwilling to back down from the idea.
The Super League would have united Europe’s top clubs in a tournament that would replace the UEFA Champions League, although access to the tournament would be restricted in a way that certain teams could never be relegated from the competition.
The concept was panned by fans, pundits, players, and coaches around the world.