UEFA Considering NBA-Style ‘All-Star Game’ As Part Of Champions League

From The Mirror:

Uefa are considering the introduction of an NBA-style All-Star weekend as part of an ongoing consultation into the future of the Champions League and Europa League.

The competitions committee of Europe’s leading footballing body are currently looking at how to improve continental tournaments and are analysing a number of possibilities.

And sources with knowledge of the discussions have confirmed to MirrorSport that an All-Star game, to be played between two teams voted for by fans, is one proposal “on the table” but only “one of many under consideration.”

The idea could see Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo line up on the same side for the first time in their careers, with the initial idea and most likely configuration pitching North vs South. The Northern European side would be made up of players plying their trade in England, Germany, Holland and Russia among others, while the South team would boast La Liga’s biggest stars as well as the best footballers in Serie A, France’s Ligue 1 and other Mediterranean nations.

Now I’m not the biggest fan of “All Star games.” Most of the players are so afraid of getting hurt that they play zero defense and it just becomes an offensive showcase. However, I also see the appeal of that. We as fans so rarely get to see certain players play together that an All Star game is the only way players like Ronaldo and Messi will ever be on the same team (as far as we know). It might seem cheesy but I know I would pay good money to see this and I’m sure other fans would. After seeing the Liverpool Charity match hosted a few weeks ago I know that this game has the potential to be both entertaining and highly desired. Get it done UEFA

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