One of Spanish football’s top figures is ‘ready’ for Lionel Messi to leave and doesn’t think him moving on will make much difference to La Liga

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  • La Liga president Javier Tebas says he is "ready" for Lionel Messi to leave Spain and believes the Argentine's departure won't make much difference to the division.
  • Messi attempted to force a move away from FC Barcelona in the summer, however backed down after the club refused to sanction his release. 
  • However, he is free to leave the Camp Nou next summer. 
  • "We would prefer Messi to stay in La Liga but Ronaldo and Neymar left and we have not noticed any difference," Tebas said. "We are ready."
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La Liga president Javier Tebas says he is "ready" for Lionel Messi to leave Spain and believes the Argentine's departure won't make much difference to the division.

Messi attempted to force a move away from FC Barcelona in the summer by handing in a transfer request, however backed down after the club refused to sanction his release. 

The 33-year-old is free to leave the Camp Nou next summer with his contract expiring at the end of June. 

"We would prefer Messi to stay in La Liga but Ronaldo and Neymar left and we have not noticed any difference," Tebas said. "We are ready."

Tebas also went on to criticize Manchester City, who he believes is the only club capable of landing Messi's signature. 

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