Lionel Messi’s departure from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain has had “zero” financial impact on Spain’s top flight, according to LaLiga president Javier Tebas.
LaLiga have lost Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo the last four years. Messi left Barcelona as a free agent for PSG in September while Cristiano Ronaldo moved to Juventus in 2018 in a €100 million transfer from Real Madrid in 2018.
Asked if LaLiga had suffered a negative financial impact by Messi’s departure, Tebas said: “No. Zero. A one-off departure by a star or two, just as it happened with Cristiano [Ronaldo] doesn’t affect [us]. If you look at it, Serie A did not grow with Cristiano.”
Tebas said at the time that Messi’s departure was particularly “painful” for LaLiga. However, he said now that LaLiga is in a good position.
“We signed [in May 2021] an eight-year [rights] agreement with ESPN,” Tebas said. “Do you think they know who will play in LaLiga in eight years’ time? Neither they nor anyone knows that. But they know it’s a financially sound league and that there will always be good players.”