LaLiga president Javier Tebas has said Barcelona’s board have an “inferiority complex” with Real Madrid president Florentino Perez, describing the two clubs’ alliance in opposition to the CVC investment deal as a “psychological kidnapping.”
Tebas has been highly critical of Real Madrid and Barcelona’s support for a proposed European Super League, calling it “a joke” and describing the two clubs and Juventus as “shipwrecked” after the nine other founding members apologised and disowned the project.
He blamed Madrid and Barca’s rejection of the €2.7 billion investment deal with CVC Capital Partners — which was approved by 38 clubs from LaLiga’s First and Second Divisions on the Super League row.
“I have the feeling that at Barca there’s a ‘psychological kidnapping’ regarding Florentino, like an inferiority complex,” Tebas told Sport. “Florentino is a very intelligent guy and Jose Angel Sanchez, his director general, is the most empathetic man in European football. All that glamour and know-how, up against someone [Barca president Joan Laporta] who’s been outside the world of football for more than 10 years.”
He added: “Barca were in favour of the CVC deal right until Real Madrid said no… In the last 72 hours everything changed. I think it was very much connected to the Super League and the strategy that Real Madrid are following.”
The CVC investment which sees the fund take a 10% stake in LaLiga’s future earnings from the sale of audiovisual rights for a period of up to 50 years was intended, in part, to provide Barcelona with the cash injection needed to keep Lionel Messi.