Toni Kroos has criticized plans for a European Super League, as well as new competitions like the Nations League or an enlarged Club World Cup, saying the players are treated like “puppets”.
The Real Madrid midfielder, who was rested by German coach Joachim Low for their friendly with the Czech Republic on Wednesday and will join the squad for their Nations League ties with Ukraine and Spain, s 'is interviewed with his brother Felix on their podcast' Einfach evil Luppen.
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“Unfortunately, the players don't decide these things,” Kroos said. “At the end of the day, when these new competitions are invented, we are just puppets of FIFA and UEFA. They're supposed to make as much money as possible, physically sucking everything out of every player. ”
Kroos, 30, won four Champions Leagues and five domestic league titles in a distinguished club career with Bayern Munich and Real Madrid, as well as the World Cup with Germany in 2014.
“I'm a big fan of leaving things as they are, when they're going well,” he said. “Leagues are already top notch products, with Champions League titles and the World Cup.”
Last month it was reported that plans for a new Super League to replace the Champions League were being discussed by top European clubs.
The format is said to involve teams from the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A, Bundesliga and Ligue 1 and will not involve any promotion or relegation.
On October 27, former Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu revealed that the club had accepted a proposal to join.
“From a sporting point of view it would be interesting, because we would only play high level matches,” Kroos said. “But the gap between big and small clubs would widen even more. It doesn't always have to be more, faster, more money. ”
Kroos also criticized the tendency for players to participate in elaborate goal celebrations.
“I think the repeated dances or choreographies are very silly,” he said. “Or even worse, if the players have things hidden in their socks. [Pierre-Emerick] Aubameyang celebrated like this once, and took out a mask.
“This is where it ends for me… I've always loved Gerd Muller, he just jumped up and pulled his shorts up. It was a real joy. ”