Gerard Pique has been speaking about the future of football and fears that top Spanish teams such as Barcelona and Real Madrid soon won’t be able to compete with Europe’s elite.
The former Barcelona defender feels the different rules, particularly regarding finances, in different leagues makes for an uneven playing field.
Here’s what he’s had to say:
“Barça and Madrid are not going to be able to compete in the long run, this is obvious,” he said.
“In the United States the money is distributed equally in the 30 franchises, they will structure it in a way that the franchises are very protected. And if they see that the business is not well structured, they go on strike and gain a little more margin.
“What happens in Europe? Each league is regulated differently. La Liga has a very strict Fair Play and other leagues have a different system. And then in Europe, you have to compete against those teams. As there is no regulation in terms of Fair Play, you are exposed to those clubs paying more through other channels, and we are going to end up with Barça and Madrid not being able to compete.
“We are on the way to Barça and Madrid not being able to compete in Europe in five years’ time. Either this is regulated, or they are not competing with the same rules. And this is regulated in the United States.”
Source | Marca
Barcelona’s financial problems have been well-documented and have had a big impact on the club’s transfer plans in recent seasons and will continue to do so.
It’s been a different story in the Premier League, for example, although worth noting Manchester City are facing 115 charges for alleged breaches of financial rules.