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Sport La Liga chief says Lionel Messi is “essential” to Spanish football – unlike Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar

15:20  17 october  2020
15:20  17 october  2020 Source:   fourfourtwo.com

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La Liga president Javier Tebas has called Lionel Messi the "heritage of La Liga " and said the Barcelona icon is essential to Spain 's top division "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

La Liga president Javier Tebas says both Neymar and Cristiano Ronaldo are not as important to the league as Lionel Messi , even though he would like to And Tebas admitted that he would like to have Neymar back in Spain , wherever he ends up, but the presence of the Brazilian would not be as vital

La Liga president Javier Tebas has described Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi as “essential” to the league, in a way that Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar never were.

a person in a blue shirt: Lionel Messi © Provided by FourFourTwo Lionel Messi

The Argentina international came close to a sensational departure from Catalonia this summer, when he made a transfer request after becoming unhappy with the running of the club.

Messi eventually stayed at the side he joined aged 13, saying he did not want to take them to court over disagreements about his release clause.

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La Liga president Javier Tebas says both Neymar and Cristiano Ronaldo are not as important to the league as Lionel Messi , though he added that would like to see the Paris Saint-Germain star return to Spain . Neymar has been linked with a move back to the Spanish top tier all summer, having now

La Liga president Javier Tebas says both Neymar and Cristiano Ronaldo are not as important to the league as Lionel Messi , though he added that would like to see the Paris Saint-Germain star return to Spain . Neymar has been linked with a move back to the Spanish top tier all summer, having now

The 33-year-old is now in the final year of his contract at the Camp Nou and could follow in the footsteps of Neymar and Ronaldo by leaving Spanish football.

PSG signed the Brazilian forward from Barca for a world record €222 million fee in August 2017, before Ronaldo departed Real Madrid for Juventus a year later for €100m.

But Tebas warned that neither of the two superstars’ departures from the Spanish top flight were as damaging to the league as the potential loss of Messi would be.

Asked by Marca whether he would like to see Neymar return to La Liga, Tebas said: “Yes, of course, 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.

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La Liga president Javier Tebas believes that Barcelona star Lionel Messi is more important to the league’s popularity than Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar . “A player like Neymar gives you a following in countries that look out for him, but he’s not an essential element,” Tebas continued.

La Liga chief referred to his old words reflecting "the demonstration of the anomaly of the economic control in the European football ". Even though Neymar 's potential Barca return remains a mere possibility, he had some brilliant moments at Camp Nou. Enjoy his incredible hattrick against Celtic

“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 the essential element because he's the heritage of La Liga.”

When quizzed on whether he thinks clubs linked with a move for Messi, for example Manchester City and PSG, could afford the move, Tebas said: "If they are interested in signing him it's because they can [afford] it.

"I'm not going to go there because there are many factors that we don't know about at the moment."

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