Since its inception in 1992, the Premier League has grown into the richest and best league in the world.
The best players flock from around the globe to test themselves against the best, and English clubs have generally represented their league well in the Champions League, winning it on four occasions since it was rebranded in 1992.
But now, European competition could be scrapped, with radical new ideas coming to the fore.
Earlier this week, chiefs from Manchester City, Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool reportedly met up to discuss the idea of a new European league, which would be an invite only competition, designed to pit Europe’s best clubs against each other.
It’s a prime example of the rich getting richer, while everyone outside this exclusive group would be left behind to pick at the scraps left by the big boys.
The man behind the new idea is Stephen Ross, an American billionaire who is one of the key figures when you see pre-season tournaments in baseball stadiums and other sporting events.
One of the proposed advantages of the idea is to improve the overall quality of the competition, and banish some of the smaller teams that make it into the main draw.
It’s bad news for the likes of FC Astana and BATE Borisov, who have qualified for the Champions League through their domestic leagues in the past few years.
Quite how Ross identified the five English clubs is unclear.
If they’re picked on history, Man City can count themselves lucky to make the cut, having only acheived their recent success off the back of Sheikh Mansour’s billions.
If they’re picked on recent fortunes, Liverpool’s inclusion must be questioned, while none of the other four selected are in the top two.
The likes of Leicester City and Tottenham Hotspur would not be rewarded for winning the Premier League, and as a result, the lucrative Champions League bonus wouldn’t come their way.
One of the best things about the Champions League these days is that you don’t know who is better than who – once the knockout stages are reached that is.
Even during the group stages, the smaller teams gain vital experience to grow as a club and make more of an impact in future, should they qualify.
No one can say (definitively at least) whether Bayern Munich are better than Juventus, even though both sides regularly make light work of their domestic leagues. So when they meet in the Champions League, everyone is intrigued to see the outcome.
If teams met like this every week, the sense of occasion would disappear.
West Ham United co-owner David Gold is not a fan of the proposed new structure, saying the plan ‘would destroy football as we know it’.
When you put it like that, it’s hard to disagree.