Belgium and Real Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has accused football governing bodies UEFA and FIFA of caring only about money and not about the welfare of players.
On Sunday afternoon, Roberto Martinez's Red Devils lost 2-1 to 2020 UEFA European Champions Italy in the third-place play-off of the UEFA Nations League.
In recent months, there have been concerns that too much is being asked of professional players amid a busy schedule and rumours that Arsene Wenger, FIFA's Chief of Global Football Development, is pushing for the FIFA World Cup to become a biannual tournament.
Speaking after their defeat on the weekend, Los Blancos' Courtois launched a scathing attack on the powers that be, accusing them of caring only about money.
"This game is just a money game and we have to be honest about it," he said, according to football.london.
"We played this game because, for UEFA, it's extra money and it's an extra game on TV, and for us, okay, it's a good game because it's against Italy but once coaches say no to wanting to play this game, of course we are made to play.
"Look at how much both teams changed (their line-ups) and how many other players played from our side, so if both teams would have been in the final – other players would have played. This just shows that we play too many games – in June again, four Nations League games, why?
"Next year, we have a World Cup in November and we have to play till the latter stages of June again, and we will get injured and nobody cares about the players anymore.
"In June, after a long season, you have to play four games again in the Nations League and you will only have two weeks of holiday.
"That isn't enough for players to be able to continue to perform on the highest level, and if we never are going to say anything then it's always going to be the same.
"Then they propose the Super League which is just extra games, adding an extra trophy in the Conference Cup or whatever the name is – it's always the same.
"They can be angry about other teams wanting the Super League but they don't care about the players, they just care about their pockets.
"That's a bad thing if players are not spoken about and then you hear that they want to put in a European Championship and World Cup every year. When will we get a rest? Never.
"So, in the end, only top players will continually get injured and then that's the end of it, so it should be much better than this for us. We are robots and more and more games for us means that nobody cares about us."
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