Was Lionel Messi's Barcelona exit a financial decision? La Liga president Javier Tebas makes shocking claim
Lionel Messi has found his new home with Paris Saint-Germain, leaving Barcelona behind. However, was his exit from Barca purely financial? Here's what La Liga president Javier Tebas feels.
Argentine superstar Lionel Messi has set up his new base in Paris Saint-Germain, thus moving on from his old base in Barcelona. Although he is yet to score a goal with his new club, it's just a matter of time before he makes his mark in Paris.
While fans continue to reel from the fact that he is no longer with Barca, there is a considerable debate whether his decision to leave was based on the alleged new financial structure of La Liga or something else. On the same note, La Liga president Javier Tebas has claimed that Messi's exit was not just financial.
Speaking to Spanish outlet SPORT, Tebas stated that Barca president Joan Laporta and Messi had agreed on everything following a deal with private equity firm CVC, favouring La Liga's new investment plans. However, at the last moment, the club had a change of heart.
He also admitted that Laoprta called him up to accelerate the deal with CVC, as Messi was getting nervous and wanted clear clarity before signing the contract. While everything was going smooth, with the club being happy for quite a few weeks with the deal, it was 72 hours prior that it decided to pull the plug.
He added that the decision was influenced by club CEO Ferran Reverter, besides reckoning that it could be something related to the controversial European Super League. However, he feels that everything will become clear next season regarding Messi's exit.
He also revealed that La Liga had taken a hit following the departure of top personalities, including Cristiano Ronaldo, Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho. However, he considers Messi's exit painful, as a GOAT like him deserves better from Barca and La Liga.
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