Barcelona president Joan Laporta insists the ESL is “still a necessity” and maintained his support for the failed breakaway league.

“It is absolutely necessary. The biggest clubs create the most financial resources and we must have our say in deciding how the earnings are shared,” he said.

Barcelona’s finances have been hard hit by the pandemic, which has compounded problems in a budget that was already loaded by the highest payroll in football last season.

Laporta, who previously served as Barcelona president from 2003-2010, was re-elected to the post last month after Josep Bartomeu was charged for embezzlement of club money and various other charges.

While campaigning, he said he was not in favour of the Super League, but his position changed after taking charge of the troubled club that faces more than €1billion debt.

“There have been pressures placed on some clubs, but the proposal is still standing,” he added.

“We have very important investments, our salaries are very high, and those must be taken into consideration, along with sporting merits.

“We are keeping a prudent stance, it is a necessity, but our club members will have the final word.”

Joan Laporta’s stance will have certainly given Real Madrid president Florentino Perez some confidence following the withdrawal of 9 of the 12 football clubs from the breakaway league.