- Lionel Messi might decide to leave Barcelona once his contract expires in 2021
- The Argentine rose to prominence at the Catalan club winning both individual and collective silverware
- La Liga president Javier Tebas believes the league will be just fine if the 32-year-old quits the club next year
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La Liga president Javier Tebas has insisted that Lionel Messi's exit from Barcelona will have a negative effect on the league.
The Argentine has been linked with a move away from Camp Nou although it is left to be seen which club can afford him.
However, the administrator believes the Spanish League will not miss Messi - just the same way Cristiano Ronaldo left without any hassles.
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Just recently, Antonio Conte's Inter Milan are showing interest in the 32-year-old, with the hope of bringing back the rivalry between himself and the Portuguese forward.
According to SunSport, Messi is not in good terms with the Catalan club after cutting 70 percent of his wages due to the spread of deadly coronavirus.
This development is expected to help the club foot the bills of their non-playing staff during the period of the crisis.
Earlier in the year, the attacker had a disagreement with former teammate Eric Abidal over the sack of Ernesto Valverde.
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The 32-year-old's current deal with the club expires in one year and it is believed that the Argentine could decide to leave once the deal expires.
Messi's greatness cannot be overemphasized after scoring 627 goals in 718 games while winning ten LaLiga titles and four Champions Leagues.
However, the president believes Li Liga will do just fine if Messi decides to leave, insisting the league has become even stronger after Ronaldo's exit.
He said: “I do not think that the arrival of Messi can solve the problems of Serie A, which are linked to the bad relationship between high debts and insufficient collections.
“Serie A figures are stressed and these economic problems are certainly not solved by Messi. “I would like Messi to stay here but if he leaves it would not be a drama.
“It was said that without Ronaldo, La Liga would have lost money. “But instead we have earned more, even in Portugal. “Players help but are not essential to a championship.”
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Meanwhile, it is left to be seen if the Serie A giants will trigger the £132 million release clause on the Argentine's contract wince 2006 when he turned 18 years old.
Former Inter president Moratti said: “I don’t believe Messi is a forbidden dream at all. “Maybe it never was even before all this [coronavirus] misfortune.
“He is in the final stretch of his contract and, without doubt, it would take a tremendous effort to bring him here. “I don’t know if the current situation changes anything for better or for worse.”
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