The president of La Liga knows how big names can help the league.
says he knows how important it is to have big names in your league but it isn’t essential.
Here is what he said at the World Football Summit:
“I want Messi in La Liga, just as I want Mourinho, Guardiola, Klopp, Cristiano,”
“They all help you grow. It’s not essential. They’re not as important as people say. Neymar left. It’s necessary to have a strategy, a player can help you, but it’s not essential.
“We’ve got the deals done for the next four seasons in nearly all territories. It can affect sponsorships somewhat, but we’ve really worked hard on the league’s brand and we wouldn’t notice it.
“I hope that Messi, who’s the best player ever, finishes his career here.”
“[Antoine] Griezmann is one of the biggest transfers ever in Spain and PSG and clubs in the Premier were after him,” Tebas said of those who could counter Messi’s departure.
“[Philippe] Coutinho hasn’t clicked yet, nor [Ousmane] Dembele. Madrid have [Karim] Benzema, one of the biggest stars in Europe. We’ll see where Haaland ends up next season.
“And now there are others besides Madrid and Barcelona. A league that is managed around bringing in a player is making a mistake.
“The Bundesliga has fallen 50 per cent in its international markets and has Haaland. You need to work really hard on [promoting] a league.
“We’ve got Wu Lei and in China the audiences are amazing and he’s in the Segunda Division. The stars can help you in certain regions. Not to be so global. To be global you need a good brand and a good product. We’re in 18 languages. You don’t create a league overnight.”