It is that time of year again when FIFA gathers all of the Champions League winners of every continent to play in a pointless tournament.
The FIFA Club World Cup, for those who do not know, is basically a glorified version of the UEFA Super Cup.
There is no real prestige in the tournament, nor history. The ‘tradition’ began in 2000, however early on suffered problems with FIFA being unable to organise the competition.
Who would have imagined that? FIFA not being organised?
Anyway, in 2005 the competition remerged and saw Liverpool’s Istanbul winning side travel to Japan. The eventual winners were Sao Paulo.
Risk of injury
The hindrance of the tournament is humongous, just ask David Villa.
Villa went into the 2011 tournament as arguably the best striker in the world. But in a semi-final match Villa suffered a broken shinbone which ruled him out for nine months, and on his return was never the same player.
This season sees the force of Real Madrid who have demolished the likes of Liverpool and Barcelona, take on sides such as Cruz Azul and Auckland City.
Is there even any point in this Madrid side risking players becoming injured?
This Real side could become the first side to ever defend their Champions League crown, so why would they risk players in what is effectively a mid-season tour?
The problem being that Real Madrid will have to play in this tournament as UEFA and FIFA will urge them with financial incentives. The winner of the cup is awarded with just over £3 million and gets £300,000 for just taking part.
But this money will mean nothing to Madrid. Gareth Bale almost earns that in a week.
My point being, the European clubs should take a stand and say no, to what arguably is the most pointless use of grass.
Real Madrid take on San Lorenzo in the final on on Saturday 20th December.