World's top footballers denied opportunity to play an 'All-Star' match
Reports from The Daily Mail claim that an “All-Star” match designed similar to the NBA version will no longer take place, after several top European clubs vetoed the idea. There were reports of a match organized between Europe vs Rest of the World, but it seems like it will remain a dream for the forseeable future.
“The plans were advanced enough for there to be confidence last Christmas that the top-secret project would go ahead,” the paper's sports business reporter Charles Sale writes.
The match which would feature a Europe vs Rest of the World, was to be held at the Amsterdam Arena, with money from Chinese sponsors ensuring the players get the huge one-off payday.
The teams would consist of players like Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero, and Zlatan Ibrahimovic. The teams would be managed by national team bosses, with all sorts of brokers on board including ‘super-agent’ Jorge Mendes.
The main reason for the event being cancelled was because of the footballing calendar. The clubs decided it was too difficult to fit in the match in the calendar of events in the latest European Clubs Association meeting.
Here’s what an EPL All-Star game would look like: 2015 Premier League All-Star game - As it happened?