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Lionel Messi: Javier Tebas 'Ready' For Messi's Departure by Kwanza: 10:41pm On Nov 17
La Liga president Javier Tebas says he is "ready" for the exit of Lionel Messi - while criticising Manchester City, a club he believes could sign him.

Messi submitted a transfer request in August at Barcelona - who he joined as a 13-year-old - but backed down after they refused to sanction his release.

The forward had fallen out with Josep Maria Bartomeu, who subsequently resigned as Barca president in October.

Tebas wants Messi to stay in Spain but feels La Liga would cope without him.

He argued that the competition had continued to thrive following Neymar's 2017 departure from Barcelona to Paris St-Germain, and Cristiano Ronaldo's 2018 move from Real Madrid to Juventus.

"We would prefer Messi to stay in La Liga but Ronaldo and Neymar left and we have not noticed any difference," Tebas said. "We are ready."

The Argentina international, 33, would be available on a free transfer at the end of this season.

Tebas indicated that Messi's likeliest Premier League destination, if he went to England, would be Etihad Stadium - although club sources have pointed out that no-one at City has ever spoken about signing Messi.

La Liga's president has repeatedly criticised City, having previously made numerous allegations about their structure, including accusing them of financial doping, before they were cleared of serious FFP breaches by the Court of Arbitration for Sport in July.

He aimed more criticism at them when he spoke on Tuesday.

Tebas said: "It seems the only club in Premier League that talks about registering Messi is Manchester City, who compete outside the rules. I am not the only one saying this.

"I am not too worried about them. I have criticised what they do so many times. Doing it one more time makes no difference. City is neither affected by Covid or pandemics or anything because they are financed differently and it is impossible to fight against that."

City opted not to respond to Tebas' comments, although it is understood they are wrestling with the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic - limiting manager Pep Guardiola to a net spend of £31m during the most recent transfer window.

'Barca not considering insolvency proceedings'
Tebas was speaking at the end of an hour-long presentation to outline the financial state of La Liga following the close of the transfer window on 5 October.

Of particular interest was the situation at Barcelona, who he said had reduced their budget by 43%. In July, the club revealed their debt had more than doubled from 217m euros (£194.5m) to 488m euros (£437.4m), amid annual losses of 97m euros (£86.9m).

One journalist questioned whether it was possible Barca might even have to go into administration, although Tebas rejected this.

"Barcelona are not considering insolvency proceedings," he said.

"Their debt might be slightly larger but they were perfectly solvent pre-Covid. But Covid has come along and taken away a lot of revenue. They are not so capable of repaying the debt, so their salary volume has to go down.

"That is the essential factor for most clubs. It is not because they were mismanaged earlier."

Barcelona are eighth in La Liga under new coach Ronald Koeman, having won three of their opening seven games.

Much of the problems at the club have been blamed on Bartomeu, who as he left the club in October, said he had signed them up to a European Super League.

This claim has received no backing from elsewhere, as Tebas pointed out.

"It was a clandestine league for the 10 minutes after Bartomeu said they had joined," he said.

"I feel sorry for Bartomeu. He said it but then no-one else said they were joining. This project is not viable financially for the clubs competing or the other clubs. It would really break the eco-system we have established."

Tebas said he expected transfer spending to remain low in January, but added that the financial limitations being put in place across Spain's top two divisions would make them healthier in the future.

Tebas said that, in reducing transfer spend by 66% to £392.6m, La Liga's clubs were being "much more responsible than the other leagues", citing the Premier League, whose clubs spent more than £1bn on new players.
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Re: Lionel Messi: Javier Tebas 'Ready' For Messi's Departure by Nice100percent(m): 6:41am On Nov 18
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Re: Lionel Messi: Javier Tebas 'Ready' For Messi's Departure by tesppidd: 6:42am On Nov 18
He is only saying the obvious.

Tebas has got no choice but to accept that Messi has to leave this summer.

Barca is so disorganized right now, Messi shouldn't waste his last years at Barca.

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Re: Lionel Messi: Javier Tebas 'Ready' For Messi's Departure by choky26(m): 6:42am On Nov 18
Good. I want to watch Messi in Man City

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Re: Lionel Messi: Javier Tebas 'Ready' For Messi's Departure by Nice100percent(m): 6:42am On Nov 18
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Re: Lionel Messi: Javier Tebas 'Ready' For Messi's Departure by DEHVEHLOP(m): 6:42am On Nov 18
Messi Lionel is a millionaire in dollars





Lionel Messi is a billionaire in Naira (you can see that he's richer than all Igbos DEVELOPERS home or abroad, just like Kwara state is bigger than the the whole Biafraland!)




Lionel Anifowose Messi is the only centillionaire in the whole Franco fone nations in West Africa.





I don't even know what to write about Nnamdi Kanu and Evans....





Anyway, we still have some things good about the ipobians, their soups are second to none in Nigeria

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Re: Lionel Messi: Javier Tebas 'Ready' For Messi's Departure by sammysmiles(m): 6:42am On Nov 18
What's his issue with man city?
So he wants to tell me as Ronaldo and neymar left, it had no impact on laliga.... Let him be deceiving himself...When Messi finally leaves, we will see what will become of them....
In other news,,,Spain (6) Germany(0)

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Re: Lionel Messi: Javier Tebas 'Ready' For Messi's Departure by Gten(m): 6:43am On Nov 18
Cry me a river

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Re: Lionel Messi: Javier Tebas 'Ready' For Messi's Departure by Sonnobax15(m): 6:43am On Nov 18
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Re: Lionel Messi: Javier Tebas 'Ready' For Messi's Departure by Aflix(m): 6:43am On Nov 18
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Re: Lionel Messi: Javier Tebas 'Ready' For Messi's Departure by Naomila: 6:43am On Nov 18
The better for him. Let him go to other clubs and shine more

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Re: Lionel Messi: Javier Tebas 'Ready' For Messi's Departure by Goodluckall: 6:44am On Nov 18
I 8-2 say this
Make him run

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Re: Lionel Messi: Javier Tebas 'Ready' For Messi's Departure by TheBestWork(m): 6:44am On Nov 18
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Re: Lionel Messi: Javier Tebas 'Ready' For Messi's Departure by 0taPiaPia(m): 6:44am On Nov 18
I no dey watch football so e no concern me.
Re: Lionel Messi: Javier Tebas 'Ready' For Messi's Departure by DenreleDave(m): 6:44am On Nov 18
The only football and soccer player we have..



The others are rubbish especially that one dt is like pole called Ronaldo


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Re: Lionel Messi: Javier Tebas 'Ready' For Messi's Departure by wilfred101: 6:44am On Nov 18
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Re: Lionel Messi: Javier Tebas 'Ready' For Messi's Departure by Magic1: 6:45am On Nov 18
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Re: Lionel Messi: Javier Tebas 'Ready' For Messi's Departure by xristos(m): 6:45am On Nov 18
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Re: Lionel Messi: Javier Tebas 'Ready' For Messi's Departure by karzyharsky(m): 6:45am On Nov 18
Fear
Re: Lionel Messi: Javier Tebas 'Ready' For Messi's Departure by Shadysen: 6:45am On Nov 18
Good .
Re: Lionel Messi: Javier Tebas 'Ready' For Messi's Departure by oebakare: 6:46am On Nov 18
Booked
Re: Lionel Messi: Javier Tebas 'Ready' For Messi's Departure by RaptObserver: 6:46am On Nov 18
Messi would be sold for 10 million pounds in January or he goes for free in June.
Re: Lionel Messi: Javier Tebas 'Ready' For Messi's Departure by chally4real(m): 6:47am On Nov 18
Plenty talk nor dey full basket na....make d transfer happen Biko..

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Re: Lionel Messi: Javier Tebas 'Ready' For Messi's Departure by Amoto05(m): 6:47am On Nov 18
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Re: Lionel Messi: Javier Tebas 'Ready' For Messi's Departure by juvewalex(m): 6:47am On Nov 18
Laliga President is more or less Barcelona's spokesman.

He should focus more on how to get viewership for the league as the league is already in decline since the departure of CR9

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Re: Lionel Messi: Javier Tebas 'Ready' For Messi's Departure by bancoleh: 6:48am On Nov 18
Lols, Messi that's going before, we all know that a club is bigge than a player....but messi abilities is beyond normal, and we can't cheat age.
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Re: Lionel Messi: Javier Tebas 'Ready' For Messi's Departure by Antoeni(m): 6:48am On Nov 18
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Re: Lionel Messi: Javier Tebas 'Ready' For Messi's Departure by Macsjebs(m): 6:49am On Nov 18
Hmmm, Messi the Real G.O.A.T

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Re: Lionel Messi: Javier Tebas 'Ready' For Messi's Departure by moneyshop: 6:49am On Nov 18
One thing in life is for sure, no one is irreplaceable!

We thought we'd have seen it all in the time of Pele, Maradona, and recently, Zidane, Ronaldo Rema, Pirlo, Beckham to mention but a few...

Soldier go, soldier come. Many young players are rising, and there are serious ones that will still break Ronaldo and Messi records.

Welcome to EPL in advance Lionel

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Re: Lionel Messi: Javier Tebas 'Ready' For Messi's Departure by Kaodek(m): 6:49am On Nov 18
Messi is a brand on his own, it will have a heavy impact on Laliga if he leaves

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Re: Lionel Messi: Javier Tebas 'Ready' For Messi's Departure by ATEAMS: 6:49am On Nov 18
Based on sey him don old abi

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