Messi Eager To Banish 2014 World Cup Disappointment By Winning In Russia

Real Madrid back FIFA's plans for 24-team Club World Cup

Launching in 2021, the tournament would have 12 teams from Europe - with clubs who have won at least three European Cups the first to be invited.

That qualification criteria would also see Real Madrid, Barcelona, AC Milan, Bayern Munich, Ajax and Inter Milan involved if they accept the invite.

Ahead of the Europa League final in Lyon, the governing body of European football is holding a meeting of its "Council of UEFA" and FIFA president Gianni Infantino's plans are the main topic on the agenda.

The Liga champion regards as favorable the subsequent elimination of "two Federation Internationale de Football Association competitions, the Confederations Cup (for national teams) and the current Club World Cup" played every year by seven clubs in December.

As relayed by Swettenham, UEFA is said to be anxious the tournament would take some of the spotlight away from the Champions League, which now brings together the biggest sides in Europe.

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It is reported that Fifa's proposal would see the 24 participating clubs split US$2 billion in prize money, with each club earning a minimum of UK£50 million (US$67.4 million) and the champion pocketing as much as UK£100 million (US$134.8 million).

Funding for the new tournament is being put up by a consortium of investors led by Japan's SoftBank and backed by the likes of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

Infantino is pushing to revamp the Club World Cup, boosting it from seven clubs to 24 in a four-year format.

In addition, the host nation will not have to be the country of the subsequent World Cup, as is the case with the Confederations Cup.

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