The criticisms of the third Barcelona captain against the frustrated European project collide with what he himself has been applying in his own business plans.

Gerard Piqu and Albert Costa, at the Caja Mgica, shortly before the 2019 Davis Cup.ANTONIO HEREDIA

The silence of FC Barcelona regarding the Superliga was abruptly broken last morning, but not through any of its official channels, but through the mouth of its third captain. “Football belongs to the fans. Today more than ever,” he proclaimed. Gerard Piqu via Twitter. A little more than 48 hours had elapsed, which separated the first round of the Super League from the disbandment of the English clubs. After that brief period of time, the Barcelona center-back charged hard against the project led by Florentino Prez. However, his argument clashed head-on with what he himself has been applying in his business projects.

The Davis Cup and Andorra FC, Piqu’s two main bets, apply a business model that banishes any aura of romanticism. In fact, the role of the public has been particularly cornered with the change of format of the Davis, a tournament that for more than a century forged its legend around what happens in the stands.

According to the latest format, approved just two weeks ago by Kosmos Global Holding and the International Tennis Federation (ITF), the Davis Finals will be played between November 25 and December 5 in Madrid, Innsbruck and Turn. Three venues instead of a fixed one. An opportunity for two cities without a tension tradition as a complement to Madrid, which in 2019 had hosted a first edition without the expected success in the stands of the Caja Mgica. Then, the agenda was also upset with unusual early morning games.

2019 accounts

Since then, racquet legends like Nicola Pietrangeli O John Newcombe they reiterated their criticism against the tournament. “The ITF must assume that it has dynamited for money a competition with 120 years of history. I imagine the greats of this sport, now deceased, outraged from heaven to see how it was marketed with the origins of tennis,” said the Australian champion, with five salad bowls in his palm.

Just a few hours after Piqu’s aforementioned tweet, Nicolas mahut also came out with a replica to the owner of Kosmos. “What about the Davis Cup?” Asked the winner of the title in 2017. The Frenchman, nostalgic for the traditional qualifying rounds, had already been showing his disagreements with a Davis for some time whom he accused of having lost money in 2019. “It is possible that they should cancel so that the same thing does not happen to them again,” he commented regarding the 2020 edition, suspended due to Covid-19.

“They will tend to be worth zero”

The other source of controversy about Piqu has intensified from an interview in #Vamos. “If I look at it from a player’s point of view, I would say that it is not positive. We want this for the world of football? We want Seville, Valencia, Everton, Leicester or Naples to disappear? Because these clubs are going to tend to be worth zero,” he commented to Valdano Universe hours before the final collapse of the Super League.

Piqu’s support for mid-range clubs, which in recent seasons have earned respect on the grass, contrasts with his performances at the helm of Andorra FC. In September 2019, just one year after buying the club, Piqu paid 452,000 euros to buy the Plaza del Reus, plunged into an economic bankruptcy. In this way, the principality team made the leap from Primera Catalana to Segunda B without a single sporting merit.

According to the Spanish Federation (RFEF), Andorra FC complies with “the established requirements and the order of preference established in the regulations”, therefore it ousted other candidates, such as Intercity de Alicante, Jan CF, Zamora CF or Linares Deportivo, who They had already been battling for a long time in search of promotion.

“Satisfaction” rojiblanca

Likewise, Piqu’s frontal opposition to the Super League collides with the position of Joan Laporta, which at this time is still aligned with Real Madrid. The only small movement of the president of Barcelona had been staged mid-afternoon on Monday, when he leaked to some media that the club would subject its adherence to the project to the opinion of the members.

The goodbye of the Attica, on the other hand, did elicit the full support of Boil, who conveyed the “satisfaction” of the rojiblanca squad after his resignation. “We will continue to fight to help Atleti grow from our position through the values ​​of effort and sporting merit that have always characterized us,” commented the captain of Diego Simeone.

As for the Real Madrid footballers, the main reactions came in a much more nuanced way. Throughout Monday, Luka Modric, Lucas Vzquez O Marcelo showed their support for a writing by David Beckham, owner of Inter Miami, who demanded respect for the fans. Already last November, Toni Kroos He had also rejected the idea of ​​the Super League claiming that “not always everything has to be more and more money.”

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