Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has issued a stark warning to football that reform of the game's systems 'cannot wait' as the team prepares its budgets for next season.
The Spanish giants have been hit particularly hard by the pandemic and didn't make a single signing in the summer transfer window, while they are preparing to have no fans inside the Santiago Bernabeu until 2021/22.
Speaking to the club's Assembly gathering over what the future looks like, Perez was downbeat in his assessment of the current state of football and was adamant that a change to the game's model had to come soon.
He said: "Nothing will ever be the same again. The pandemic has changed everything. It has made us all more vulnerable, and also football.
"The club [Real Madrid] has participated in all innovations and has protected these innovations in our sport. Without all these changes, football could not have been the same.
"Football has to face this new time. And that's how Madrid will be looking. The fans themselves are faced with a saturation of the calendar that makes everything very difficult, even identifying the competition that is being played.
"There are players who are injured by this saturation. Football reform cannot wait and must be faced. We have a responsibility to fight for this change. The new generations consume more content. They must improve competitiveness and quality.”