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La Liga chief drops hint over Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi debate

La Liga chief drops hint over Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi debate

In a debate between Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, La Liga president Javier Tebas has stated that he likes Messi.

Ronaldo and Messi established a rivalry that transcended the sport of soccer while playing in La Liga for Real Madrid and Barcelona, respectively, during the time when both players were in the league. 

Most fans believe that they are two of the best players of all time; disagreements typically arise when fans express their preference.

Both players have won the Ballon d’Or several times; in fact, they have won 12 of the last 13 straight trophies, with Luka Modric breaking their duopoly in 2018.

Messi has won the accolade seven times, while Ronaldo has won the trophy five times.

The rivalry ended in 2018 when Manchester United forward Cristiano Ronaldo transferred to Juventus and Barcelona forward Lionel Messi moved to Paris Saint-Germain. 

As a result, the pull that La Liga formerly had with these two stars is now gone, as Tebas is well aware.

Tebas answered when asked about the departures of both stars from Spanish football: “Well, I think Messi has to come back before Cristiano … But they left and we’re still at the highest level, right?”

Tebas continued: “I think that Messi is not only missed in La Liga, he is missed in football, because the French league is what it is, right? I think that no matter how much he is at PSG, he is followed by far fewer people than when he was at Barcelona. Let’s hope he has a great World Cup, because there we will all be able to see him again.”

He added: “I don’t see all the fans watching PSG play against Nantes, I don’t see it. With Barca, it’s the opposite. I don’t know if Messi will have one last show at Barca, that will depend on him, I hope he comes back, above all it would also be good for him to return to Spanish football, above all to the team that has always been the team that saw him developed.

“That it was a mistake even for him, in my opinion, to break that relationship, because it was a very beneficial long-term alliance for Messi and for Barça itself.”

Tebas seemed to be yearning for Messi’s return as a result of rumors linking Barcelona with a transfer offer.

La Liga chief drops hint over Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi debate

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