• La Liga's boss says Messi's exit will not have any impact on the league
  • Messi's contract will allow him to leave as a free agent this summer
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La Liga’s president Javier Tebas has claimed that the Spanish top-flight league will continue to prosper even if Lionel Messi left FC Barcelona to join some other league.

Tebas’ comments have come just after former boss of Inter Milan Massimo Moratti insisted Messi’s move to Serie A is not a “forbidden dream at all.” There have been reports lately about Messi’s possible departure from Nou Camp and one of the clubs he has been linked to is Serie A’s Inter Milan.

La Liga's boss also mentioned that neither Messi’s exit from Spain would be a “drama” for La Liga nor it would immediately solve the Italian league’s problems.

While Messi leaving Barcelona will be considered as a huge blow to La Liga by many, Tebas has denied that by stating the example of Cristiano Ronaldo’s move to Juventus. The Portuguese forward, after spending nine years in Madrid and winning 14 trophies with Real, left the club in the summer of 2018 to begin a new chapter with the Old Lady in Serie A.

“I do not think that the arrival of Messi can solve the problems of Serie A, which are linked to the bad relationship between debts, high and insufficient collections. Serie A's figures are stressed, and these economic problems certainly are not solved by Leo Messi."

"I would like Messi to stay here, but if he leaves it would not be a drama. It was said that without Cristiano Ronaldo the league would have lost money, and instead, we would have earned it, even in Portugal. Players help but are not essential to a championship,” Tebas said on a video conference with news reports recently.

Moreover, Tebas has taken a massive U-turn from the comments he had made at the beginning of the 2019-20 season.

Real Madrid midfielder Casemiro challenges Barcelona's Lionel Messi
Real Madrid midfielder Casemiro challenges Barcelona's Lionel Messi AFP / GABRIEL BOUYS

In August 2019, when Neymar was being linked with a Barca return from Paris Saint-Germain, Tebas said, "Yes, of course [I'd like Neymar to return]. With his qualities, he's in the top three players in the world. It would be very important for La Liga if he came again, although it wouldn't be defining for the Spanish league."

"The defining thing is that we play 10 months a year, with 20 clubs each playing each other and generating passion and joy each weekend for fans in Spain and across the world.”

“A player like Neymar gives you a following in countries that look out for him, but he's not an essential element, not even Cristiano Ronaldo was. Lionel Messi, on the other hand, is an essential element because he's the heritage of La Liga,” Tebas had further added.