Barcelona Set to Receive €1 Billion Super League Bonus

Joan Laporta during the Golden Shoe award ceremony in November 2022
Joan Laporta during the Golden Shoe award ceremony in November 2022. Photo by DAX Images/NurPhoto/Shutterstock (13617820l)

FC Barcelona president Joan Laporta revealed that the team is set to receive an initial bonus of €1 billion should the European Super League go ahead as planned. Of the 12 founding clubs of the breakaway tournament, Barcelona, Real Madrid, and Juventus remain involved in the project.

Despite being surrounded by controversy, Laporta believes that the Super League will help to remedy some of Barcelona’s financial issues and make the club more competitive.

“Per season, we could get around €300m annually in this competition. Moreover, the key to the Super League is that it will be governed by the clubs. UEFA, obviously, would be there at the governing table, but the clubs would be a majority,” Laporte stated, reflecting on what he viewed as the advantages of the tournament.

While plans for the breakaway tournament were halted in April 2021 due to public opposition and political backlash, Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus have launched a challenge against UEFA for having what they call a monopoly on the establishment of international competitions. The European Court of Justice (ECJ) is expected to deliver a ruling within the coming months.