Gerard Pique is creating a new 'elite' European competition to replace the Champions League

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Barcelona's Gerard Pique has had a brilliant career. 

He'll go down in history as one of the most successful Spanish defenders of all-time, having won both the World Cup and the European Championships. 

At club level, he's won 21 major trophies including the Premier League, La Liga and the Champions League

But now he's 32-years-old, Pique is beginning to plan for life after football and according to the latest reports, he could have a serious impact on the landscape of the European game.

Per AS, the Barca star plans to launch a new European club competition in the 'not too distant future' with a similar format to the Davis Cup tennis tournament. 

His concept is to gather the champions of the continents biggest leagues, along with other major teams from Europe and put them into one exclusive tournament. 

Sounds a lot like the Champions League, doesn't it? Well, there are a number of big differences. 

If it's to follow the same format as the Davis Cup, 18 teams will be split into six groups of three, to play out a 'mini-league' format. 

Pique is creating a new European football tournament

The teams that finish top, as well as the two best runners-up, will advance to the knockouts. Here, there will be no two-leg ties, just single matches played at a neutral venue. 

Very interesting indeed. It seems Pique has just about had enough of Barca's recent failure in the Champions League and now he wants to create a new competition to replace it! 

Well, maybe we shouldn't be so quick to dismiss the idea. After all, Pique is a very intelligent man.

Pique speaking at the Davis Cup

He has an IQ of more than 140, which according to certain classifications, makes him a genius.

The defender also studied a business degree at Harvard University a few years ago and has already taken over the organisation of the Davis Cup and his new format has gone down well. 

But will it work in football? We might soon find out because Pique has already met with representatives from the Spanish Football Federation to enquire about the viability of his project. 

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