LaLiga chief Tebas slams PSG as 'the enemy' after signing Lionel Messi
‘PSG just seem like legends because of their players’ AGE!’: LaLiga chief Javier Tebas bizarrely slams the ‘enemy, state club’ that took Lionel Messi, 34, from Barcelona to play with Neymar, 29, and Kylian Mbappe, 22
- LaLiga chief tore into PSG and called them ‘the enemy’ after signing Leo Messi
- Javier Tebas called the French outfit ‘as dangerous as the Super League’
- He said they resembled ‘a league of legends’ due to the age of their squad
LaLiga president Javier Tebas has torn into PSG after they snared Lionel Messi from Barcelona, calling them ‘the enemy’ and ‘as dangerous as the Super League’ following a string of high profile signings by the French outfit.
Barcelona have been left in disarray following the exit of Messi, who left for Paris on a free transfer after 21 years at the Nou Camp – with the club facing a rebuild as they contend with a crippling financial crisis.
PSG, meanwhile, have embarked on a summer spree by clinching the remarkable signing of Messi, while also prising Sergio Ramos from Real Madrid, while Achraf Hakimi and Gianluigi Donnarumma have come in from Inter and AC Milan and Georginio Wijnaldum arrived from Liverpool.
LaLiga chief Javier Tebas has savaged PSG and called them ‘the enemy’ after signing Leo Messi
He claimed the club were ‘as dangerous as the Super League’ following high profile arrivals
And while the Ligue 1 side have a star-studded line-up ready to challenge for European honours, Tebas has savaged the club and called them ‘a league of legends’ due to their age, with Messi recently turning 34 and Ramos at 35 – although PSG also have Neymar, 29, in his prime and Kylian Mbappe flourished aged 22.
In a stinging attack he said they were a problem to be ‘solved’ and insisted Barcelona would recover from their sale of Messi and work against ‘club states’ like PSG.
‘PSG looks like the league of legends given the age of some players,’ he told a press conference. ‘LaLiga has young players like Vinicius (Junior). The problem of PSG, we will solve it. What PSG are doing is as dangerous as the Super League.
He believes LaLiga will bounce back despite losing Messi and Neymar in recent years
Tebas warned that PSG’s current level of spending on wages was not sustainable. L-R: New signings Achraf Hakimi, Georginio Wijnaldum, Gianluigi Donnarumma, Sergio Ramos, Messi
‘We will continue to grow despite the departure of Messi. We will work against the club states. These clubs are as much enemies as the Super League.’
He said no player in LaLiga was ‘essential’ and that the league would bounce back from the sale of any player – and warned that PSG’s current spending was not sustainable.
‘Currently PSG spends more than 600 million euros on salaries (per year), television in France will pay nothing more than 70 million euros, they declared commercial losses 30 per cent above the average of others in Europe… that’s not is sustainable. It can’t happen.’
‘I miss Messi, Sergio Ramos, Cristiano [Ronaldo]… but nobody is essential. Ronaldo’s or Neymar’s departure seemed like a catastrophe and we continued to grow. It will also happen with Messi, I don’t care about anything.’
LaLiga is sorely lacking a world class name to boast after Ronaldo and Messi’s departures
With Neymar already completing a £220m switch to PSG in 2017 and Ronaldo departing for Juventus for £100m the following year, LaLiga is now short on big draw names following Messi’s exit, which was a tearful one despite his desire to stay.
The previous year Messi had spelled out his ambition to quit after a disastrous 2019-20 season saw them miss out on LaLiga and the Champions League in an infamous burofax, but was willing to pledge his future to the club last season despite their ongoing financial difficulties.
However, with the club unable to find the funds to re-sign their talisman and struggling to register players, he was forced to seek pastures new, with PSG one of the only clubs able to afford his £30m a year salary.
Messi gave a tearful farewell as he ended his 21-year involvment with Barcelona this summer
He was emotional at his farewell press conference as he insisted his family were settled in Catalonia.
‘My family and I were convinced I wanted to stay here, that’s what we all wanted more than anything,’ he said. ‘We thought we’d be staying here in Barcelona, today I have to say goodbye to all of this,’ he said.
‘We’ve always made this our home, we’re at home and we thought we’d be staying here in Barcelona.’
Messi has already made his highly-anticipated debut for PSG, coming on as a sub in a 2-0 win against Reims.
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