Even as LaLiga eagerly awaits the return of Neymar Jr, the league’s president Javier Tebas has put on record that the Brazilian star striker or Cristiano Ronaldo is not their most important player. Lionel Messi matters the most for LaLiga, Tebas has stated.
Tebas while admitting that he would like to have Neymar back in Spain, has confessed that Messi’s presence is more vital for LaLiga than the Brazilian striker to grow the league’s popularity overseas.
“Yes, of course (I’d like Neymar to return). With his qualities, he’s in the top three players in the world. It would be very important for La Liga if he came again, although it wouldn’t be defining for the Spanish league,” Marca has reported Tebas as saying.
“The defining thing is that we play 10 months a year, with 20 clubs each playing each other and generating passion and joy each weekend for fans in Spain and across the world.
“A player like Neymar gives you a following in countries that look out for him, but he’s not an essential element, not even Cristiano Ronaldo was. Lionel Messi, on the other hand, is an essential element because he’s the heritage of La Liga.”
Neymar has been linked with a move back to the Spanish top tier all summer, having now missed all of PSG’s first three games of the Ligue 1 campaign. Reports reveal Barcelona to be the frontrunner to get Neymar even as Real Madrid’s interest in getting him back from PSG is also not
A return to Barcelona was widely seen as a possibility, especially with the division champions offloading Philippe Coutinho, while Real Madrid have also been linked with their former rival.
The Brazilian star’s future remains up in the air, with Thomas Tuchel stating on Sunday that he was unsure what will happen with Neymar before the window shuts next week.
One of the issues facing any team making a move for Neymar would be Financial Fair Play, as the midfielder signed for the French club for a record-breaking €222 million (£200m/$249m) fee just two summers ago, states a report by Goal.com.
Barcelona have already brought in the likes of Antoine Griezmann and Frenkie de Jong, while Real Madrid’s summer spending spree has included acquisitions in the form of Eden Hazard, Luka Jovic, Ferland Mendy, Eder Militao and Rodrygo.
Tebas, however, maintains that Real Madrid and Barcelona are showing interest in the player indicates that they have resources and ways to get him.
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