Fernando Morientes, a former Real Madrid player who is also the league’s ambassador, stated that while many believe the league has weakened as a result of Lionel Messi’s departure, La Liga needs to demonstrate to the world that this is not the case, as one player never sells a competition.
Earlier this year, Messi left Barcelona after 21 years and joined Paris Saint-Germain (PSG), where he linked up with players such as Neymar Jr and Kylian Mbappe.
“Throughout its history, La Liga, like any other league, has lost players… This is not novel. Cristiano, Neymar, Messi, and Ramos have all departed. While footballers will eventually depart, clubs will remain. La Liga does not sell itself through the efforts of a single player. La Liga is a business that sells competitions. La Liga will never struggle to sell itself as a competition. “La Liga has done an outstanding job of attempting to attract the best players in order to keep the league as competitive as it has always been,” Morientes stated during a virtual press conference.
“In fact, I’d like to see a Spanish final (Champions League), as many believe Messi’s departure has weakened the league. We must demonstrate that this is not the case. La Liga teams have always been very competitive in all European competitions over the last 10-15 years. And I am convinced that the Spanish teams will showcase their true potential in this competition this coming season,” he added.
Morientes also expressed hope that La Liga would continue to attract the world’s best players and that its popularity would not suffer as a result of Messi’s departure.
“La Liga will continue to be an extremely attractive league for attracting new players, and I am confident that there will be some fantastic players interested in coming to play here. La Liga is strong enough to be appealing to everyone. I am convinced that you will continue to follow the league in India, and that you will follow our teams as fans rather than individual players,” Morientes stated. In India, La Liga is broadcast on MTV and the streaming platform Voot.
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