PSG midfielder Ander Herrera has become the most high-profile player to speak out against plans for a European Super League.
Other players, such as former Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren, Mesut Ozil and Yannick Bolasie have also slated the plans that are proving unprecedentedly unpopular.
PSG midfielder Ander Herrera has become the most high-profile player to speak out against the Super League plans that have plunged European football into shock
Herrera took to Twitter on Monday to slam the moves that ‘steal what the people created’
Herrera wrote on Twitter: ‘I fell in love with popular football, with the football of the fans, with the dream of seeing the team of my heart compete against the greatest.
‘If this European super league advances, those dreams are over, the illusions of the fans of the teams that are not giants of being able to win on the field competing in the best competitions will end.
‘I love football and I cannot remain silent about this, I believe in an improved Champions League, but not in the rich stealing what the people created, which is nothing other than the most beautiful sport on the planet.’
Lovren, who won the Champions League with Liverpool in 2019 and currently plays for Russian side Zenit St Petersburg, wrote on Twitter: ‘Football will be in the near future on a brink of complete collapse.
‘Nobody is thinking about the bigger picture, only the financial side. I still believe we can solve this unpleasant situation.’
And when Lovren was asked why other big names hadn’t spoken up like he and Herrera, he said: ‘They are still sleeping.’
Former Arsenal and Real Madrid midfielder Mesut Ozil, a World Cup winner with Germany in 2014 and now plays for Fenerbahce, said on Twitter: ‘Kids grow up dreaming to win the World Cup and the Champions League – not any Super League.
‘The enjoyment of big games is that they only happen once or twice a year, not every week. Really hard to understand for all football fans out there…’
Bolasie, meanwhile, wrote: ‘Some real mercenaries…all values and history thrown out the window.
‘I was a fan before I played football, I’m a fan now and will be after I finish playing…it’s not about me or anyone else it’s about the millions of fans who follow there teams week in week out regardless of success/riches..funny how it starts getting more level & man jump.’