14 players to speak out about against the Super League: Rashford, KDB, Ozil…
The controversial proposal has been met with widespread resistance in the football world, with plenty of prominent pundits and ex-players – most notably Jamie Carragher and Gary Neville – speaking out against it.
Many of the players themselves have been put in awkward positions but, following James Milner’s honest post-match interview after Monday’s 1-1 draw with Leeds United, a number of other active players have made statements, or otherwise expressed their disapproval, via social media.
A remarkable 48-hour period saw pressure rise amid fan protests ahead of Liverpool and Chelsea’s matches following the original announcement on Sunday night, as it looked increasingly unviable for the clubs to join the new set-up.
Here are 14 leading active players that have expressed their opposition to the Super League.
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…⚽💔
— Mesut Özil (@MesutOzil1088) April 19, 2021
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.
— Dejan Lovren (@Dejan06Lovren) April 19, 2021
— Ander Herrera (@AnderHerrera) April 19, 2021
— Simon Peach (@SimonPeach) April 19, 2021
“We found out the same time as you, when it broke yesterday… I can only say my personal opinion, I don’t like it and I hope it doesn’t happen.” pic.twitter.com/UeOUamVRUq
— MUNDIAL (@MundialMag) April 20, 2021
PATRICK BAMFORD FOR PM
‘It’s a shame it’s not like that with racism’…pic.twitter.com/YDJG9vvR4W
— Rambo (@RamboFYI) April 19, 2021
Well done football fans. This beautiful sport is nothing without you 👏🏻❤️
— Cesc Fàbregas Soler (@cesc4official) April 20, 2021
— Jordan Henderson (@JHenderson) April 20, 2021
Kevin De Bruyne
— Kevin De Bruyne (@DeBruyneKev) April 20, 2021
— Luke Shaw (@LukeShaw23) April 20, 2021
— Marcus Rashford MBE (@MarcusRashford) April 20, 2021
Ok bye 👋🏾
— Raheem Sterling (@sterling7) April 20, 2021
“Soccer was, is, and will always be a sport that transforms lives.
“We do not allow top hats to spoil these possibilities of small ones dreaming of being big !!!”
Futebol foiii, é, e sempre será um esporte que transforma vidas.
Não permitamos que cartolas estraguem essas possibilidades de pequenos seguirem sonhando ser grandes!!! pic.twitter.com/bQpUSE7FMn
— Daniel Alves (@DaniAlvesD2) April 19, 2021
— Héctor Bellerín (@HectorBellerin) April 20, 2021