Javier Tebas, President of La Liga, spoke to AFP in an interview. The 58-year-old player believes that although the Spanish League has long appreciated Lionel Messi’s greatness, the Argentine needs to consider what he will do in the future.
Messi is on the verge of leaving Barcelona for the summer transfer market but has chosen to stay because he doesn’t want to raise his questions about President Josep-Maria Bartomeu’s leadership in court.
According to Tebas, Messi did the right thing by defending because the boss believed the 33-year-old would “damage his reputation” if he decided to leave.
“We have been lucky enough to enjoy it for many years, but Messi has to think very carefully about what he will do next.
“If Messi leaves Barcelona, the reputation he has now and that has done well for him will be seriously damaged. It is true that he could have gotten a better deal financially but with a reputation he has had more than 20 years, I think. he must defend it.
Tebas believes that the league is not determined by the players, but by the league itself, citing the departures of Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar Jr.
“It wouldn’t be a drama if Messi left. Cristiano Ronaldo left, Neymar left. Neymar went to PSG and I haven’t seen the French league go to a super level because of him.
“That’s the reality. People who think the players are the ones running the wrong races and I’m glad they think that way because they won’t grow.”
It is not known whether Lionel Messi will stay in the Spanish races after this season, but Kules believes the Argentine can be won on with new suggestions – led by a “vote of no confidence” against Bartomeu.