Tebas’ comments come after news of Inter Milan trying to lure Messi away from Camp Nou amid the Argentinean’s reportedly ongoing issues with the Barcelona board.
Former Inter president Massimo Moratti said this week that a potential Nerazzurri swoop for Messi is not a “forbidden dream at all”.
There is no doubt among the masses that if Messi, like Ronaldo, leaves La Liga, the league will suffer, however, Tebas believes the Spanish league will always be stronger, citing Ronaldo’s exit from Real Madrid.
“I do not think that the arrival of Messi can solve the problems of Serie A, which are linked to the bad relationship between debts, high and insufficient collections,” Tebas said on a video conference with reporters, as reported by Goal.
He continued, “Serie A’s figures are stressed, and these economic problems certainly are not solved by Leo Messi. I would like Messi to stay here, but if he leaves it would not be a drama.”
Citing Ronaldo’s exit’s example, Tebas concluded, “It was said that without Cristiano Ronaldo the league would have lost money, and instead we would have earned it, even in Portugal. Players help but are not essential to a championship.”
Tebas’ comments are exactly the opposite of what he said in August in his interview with Marca. He said, “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.”