Bundesliga boss Christian Seifert has played hard at FC Barcelona and Real Madrid. He calls it “money-consuming machines” and thinks he knows why the two superpowers are for a Super League.
Barcelona and Real Madrid are among the richest clubs in the world, but are also in debt to their necks. “Barcelona and Real Madrid are poorly run and money-consuming machines,” says Seifert at an event organized by The Financial Times. “If I were an investor, I would ask them if they were the right partners,” says Seifert. “In the end, they burn the money, as they have done in recent years. They need to think about developing a sustainable earnings model and a salary ceiling.”
Seifert thinks that Barcelona and Real Madrid are deliberately promoting the Super League, so that more money comes in and the financial gaps can be closed. “It works negatively for national leagues,” counteracts Premier League boss Richard Masters. “In every proposal I have read about or heard of, it is not possible to earn a ticket through the competition. The calendar is also packed and I think the Premier League will continue to have 20 teams over the next few years.”