La Liga President poised in case of Lionel Messi’s exit from Barcelona

Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona (Photo by David S. Bustamante/Soccrates/Getty Images)
Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona (Photo by David S. Bustamante/Soccrates/Getty Images) /

The President of the La Liga division, Javier Tebas, recently opened up about the league’s preparedness in case Lionel Messi chooses to leave Barcelona and the Spanish league altogether.

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With the COVID-19 pandemic affecting the football division and its finances, all clubs faced a huge financial strain and so did the Spanish top division. Barca is heavily in debt, after poor management and the worldwide pandemic, with almost 1.1 billion pounds of debt.

With the debt looming over their heads, the La Liga president obviously doesn’t want to lose a player like Messi, touted as the best football player in the world by many. However, after the Argentine’s exit request last summer and the debacle that followed, he acknowledges it’s a huge possibility this season and as such, the league is financially prepared for the moment.

"“[Messi] couldn’t leave Barcelona because of an agreement in his contract, but as I said about Cristiano [Ronaldo], we also are prepared financially for this moment,”Source: Goal"

Remembering Cristiano Ronaldo‘s exit from La Liga to Ligue 1, Tebas admitted that the leaving of good players obviously affects the League as a whole but he feels they’re secure and prepared in case Messi does choose to leave.

"“Cristiano was the ultimate goalscorer in La Liga and we were affected by his departure, but financial the impact was minimal because we prepared well for this moment.”"

Joan Laporta could help keep Messi at Barcelona

Meanwhile, the Blaugranes have finally elected a new president, Joan Laporta, after the unceremonious stepping down of Josep Maria Bartomeu last year in October. Laporta had made some very lucrative promises during his campaign including keeping the Club captain and talisman at the Nou Camp fans can only hope he will live up his word.

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