Barca, Madrid in Super Club World Cup


Lee Swettenham of the Manchester Evening News relayed more details from the initial report, noting nine teams meet that criteria, meaning three places would be up for grabs.

Of course, the clubs would not have to take part should they not wish to do so, but with a guaranteed £50m for competing and a potential £100m for winning the tournament, clubs are unlikely to turn down the offer.

Federation Internationale de Football Association president, Gianni Infantino's plans will see 12 teams from Europe, with at least four South American sides and a selection of clubs from Africa, Asia, North America and potentially Oceania compete. Backers from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates are also reported to be involved.

The European participants could make between $50 million and $80 million each but while some of the clubs have given the project their blessing, including Real, the same cannot be said of Europe's governing bodies.

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Infantino insists that the new format will reduce the number of games the "great players" would play in each four-year cycle, but the leagues are sceptical and object to cramming new competitions into the football calendars.

Argentine captain, Lionel Messi says winning the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russian Federation is the only way to overcome the heartache of losing the 2014 FIFA World Cup final to Germany.

And English Premier League boss Richard Scudamore told the Times: "To be presented with FIFA's "solution" as a fait accompli and claim this to be consultation defies all definitions of best practice and good governance".