LaLiga president Javier Tebas played down the impact of Barcelona super star Lionel Messi potentially leaving Spain, while warning of a financial crisis must the coronavirus pandemic force football to stop once again.
Messi handed in a transfer request following a tumultuous 2019-20 season, which saw Barca embarrassed 8-2 by Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarter-finals and dismissed by Real Madrid in LaLiga, before the six-time Ballon d’Or winner chose to remain at Camp Nou this term.
The 33-year-old– who has a EUR700million release clause– was heavily linked to Premier League giants Manchester City, while Paris Saint-Germain, Juventus and Inter also became possible locations.
Asked about Messi, Tebas told reporters: “As I constantly said, I will constantly desire to see Messi in LaLiga. If he stays at Barcelona, much better for Barcelona.
” The union between Barcelona FC and Messi is so helpful for Barca, for Messi and for LaLiga. I’m uncertain whether departing from Barcelona would have been an excellent concept for Messi.
” Maybe yes as a player, however not for Messi as a football industry, because Messi is a machine in developing market around him. Unsure whether it would have worked for him.
” Messi will finally remain however I need to say that we had currently sold LaLiga TV rights worldwide for the next 4 years and no one called us asking to cancel that agreement in case Messi would leave. Nobody.”
The COVID-19 crisis required the 2019-20 LaLiga season to be suspended in March before the league resumed behind closed doors in June, with Madrid winning the title.
The 2020-21 LaLiga project has kicked off however coronavirus cases are increasing throughout Spain and Europe.
” We are reading in the newspapers that the cost-effective activity can not be stopped again, there should be a balance in between the health and the financial aspect,” stated Tebas.
” If not, we might move from a health pandemic into a financial pandemic, which would be truly unsafe.”