FIFA PRESIDENT Gianni Infantino has confirmed that the footballing world has been gifted a utopian 48-team World Cup tournament that will restore the wide-eyed optimism and joy to the game that it has sorely been lacking.
Infantino, dressed head to toe in a gold plated suit, when asked why FIFA delegates had made the unanimous decision to vote in favour of expanding the tournament from 32 teams to 48, spoke with the childlike passion for the game so many people around the world love.
“We’re going to make, how do you say, a fucking fortune,” Infantino expressed, putting the fears of fans to rest, who had for some time suspected the move was a flagrant bid to simply earn more money.
Plans are already in place to secure more sponsors for the 2026 World Cup, and negotiations for the TV rights are underway, however, safeguarding the future of the game and funding grassroots remains the priority.
“We could make €500 million more than we make out of the tournament now, I wish we expanded to 188 teams to be honest, think of what I could charge to the expenses account then,” Infantino shared, stressing that integrity and selfless governance of the game came before any consideration of money.
“By expanding to 48 teams, I keep the smaller countries happy and that means I won’t have my leadership challenged and I can stay on this gold encrusted gravy train,” Infantino added.
FIFA also announced the creation of a new online bribery submission system for those countries wishing to bid for the 2026 World Cup.