La Liga president Javier Tebas has confirmed that the league is financially “well-prepared” for Lionel Messi’s possible departure.

Barcelona’s contract with Lionel Messi expires in the summer. He and his camp have made no indications that they intend to sign a new contract with the club.

In an interview with OnTime Sports, Tebas cited Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure from Real Madrid in 2018 as an example of the Spanish top flight’s financial struggles.

“[Messi] couldn’t leave Barcelona because of an agreement in his contract, but as I said about Cristiano [Ronaldo], we also are prepared financially for this moment.”

Last summer, Lionel Messi made headlines after admitting that he wanted to leave Barcelona. However, the plan did not come to fruition.


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