Real Madrid back FIFA's plans for 24-team Club World Cup

  • Real Madrid back FIFA's plans for 24-team Club World Cup

Real Madrid back FIFA's plans for 24-team Club World Cup

Bayern Munich, Juventus, Paris Saint-Germain and AC Milan are among some of the other clubs allegedly confirmed for the tournament with a number of other top European clubs in contention.

Liverpool are one of the clubs being invited to a new 24-team Club World Cup that Federation Internationale de Football Association want to hold every four years, starting in 2021.

If the tournament was to go ahead then it would take place in the June of every fourth year and would mean the end of the current low-profile winter competition that already takes place and the Confederations Cup. Three other teams would be selected on different criteria who would finalise the European representation. The 24 clubs would share a pot of approximately £1.5 billion with the victor earning £100 million and a guaranteed £50 million just for participating. Backers from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates are also reported to be involved.

The Times' Martyn Ziegler reports that China have already thrown its hat into the ring to stage the inaugural edition of the Club World Cup in 2021.

"We have spoken to various people about the health and safety aspects of this, the well-being of players and ensuring they are not overworked", Bobby Barnes, the European president of the global players' union Fifpro, told The Times.

Of course, the clubs would not have to take part should they not wish to do so, but with a guaranteed £50m for competing and a potential £100m for winning the tournament, clubs are unlikely to turn down the offer.