If nothing is official yet, it no longer seems to be in doubt that Lionel Messi will leave FC Barcelona. A thunderclap on the football planet, an earthquake from which the Spanish championship may have difficulty recovering.
Until recently, La Liga could be proud of being able to be the showcase of Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar and Lionel messi. Before the outbreak of Kylian Mbappé in particular, the Portuguese, the Brazilian and the Argentinean were the three big stars of football, and had chosen Spain as their playground, between real Madrid and FC Barcelona. Since then, the first two cities have left for Italy and France, and the last is also preparing to leave the nest.
Godin, Rodri, Lucas Hernandez, Fabian Ruiz, Joao Cancelo,… All gone!
The talent drain is therefore confirmed on the other side of the Pyrenees, because many high quality players such as Rodri, Lucas Hernandez, Pablo Sarabia, Pablo Fornals, Keylor Navas, Diego Godin, Fabian Ruiz, Joao Cancelo or Aymeric Laporte to to quote that they, also left to see if the grass was greener in other countries, when Rodrigo Moreno, Ferran Torres and Achraf Hakimi did the same this summer. Without forgetting the departure of Andrés Iniesta for Japan in spring 2018 …
The LFP trembles
It is difficult not to translate these numerous transfers abroad as a bad omen for the Spanish championship. The coup de grace could in a way be the departure of Lionel Messi, the planetary star crowned six times in the Golden Ball. One can easily imagine that the boss of the local LFP, Javier Tebas, must be worried about the current situation among the Blaugranas.
Already 200 million losses, before TV rights and the departure of Messi
Because the coronavirus crisis has passed that way, amounting to around 200 million euros the losses of the league according to AS. To add to this, a transfer from “La Pulga” would have a rapid impact on the next negotiation of television broadcasting rights. A Clasico will always interest a lot of people, but a little less without CR7 or its Argentinian rival. According to the Spanish press, the last amount of 2.1 billion euros was the absolute ceiling, and at best, the Spanish championship could sell for 1.9 billion in the next negotiations. But if Leo is gone… Eden Hazard, Antoine Griezmann, Sergio Ramos, Karim Benzema, Ansu Fati, Frenkie de Jong, Joao Felix or Saul Niguez, it is of the very high level, but they are not very first mercantile locomotives plan. And if, to add to this sad trend, Luis Suarez is also going away …
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With Alphonso Davies, Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Marcus Rashford.
Serge Gnabry, Lionel Messi, Miralem Pjanic and Scott McTominay.
Neymar, Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, Ivan Rakitic and Gerard Piqué.