The Spanish league lost Cristiano Ronaldo and survived. But Tebas, although he assured that the Portuguese’s exit went unnoticed, fears that Messi’s exit will. That’s why he has begged the Argentine to stay at Barca.
La Liga president, Javier Tebas, said in a chat with ‘El Mon’ on ‘RAC1’ that “Ronaldo’s departure, even if they are upset in Madrid, had almost no impact because in La Liga we have been preparing for years for the La Liga brand to go beyond the players”.
But Messi’s case is different. Messi is the best player in the history of football. We’ve been lucky enough to always have him in our league. I think Messi’s exit would be noticed”.
He knows that his exit is inevitable, but he is confident that he will retire at Barcelona. “Of course, even more so if he were to play in another league. He is an icon of Spanish football, of La Liga and I would ask him to please finish in our competition. How much love we have given him”.
“Nor would it be a catastrophe because we have signed some television contracts with or without Messi. But the important thing is the value he gives it. Messi always delights us”, Tebas also said, trying to downplay his own words.