The January transfer window is just around the corner but it does seem like La Liga teams in general won’t be able to spend absurd amounts of money. Of course, this comes as no big surprise because the recent pandemic has largely affected everyone financially.
Javier Tebas, the president of the Spanish top-flight, presented the figures of the salary limits today and talked about the caps on certain clubs. Barcelona, for example, will have a spending limit of 382 million euros, a decrease of more than 40% in comparison to the 2019/20 campaign.
Clubs like Real Madrid and Atlético Madrid will also be affected, of course, and rarely anyone is the exception to this rule. However, with all of that being said, the rumours of Manchester City trying to sign Lionel Messi still persists, against all the odds.
But that, Tebas believes, is a concern because it could also mean they won’t comply with the financial fair-play regulations. Here’s what the La Liga president said, as quoted by SPORT:
“The only club that is being rumoured to sign Messi is Man City. It’s as if they have not been affected by the pandemic. I’m concerned that they may sign Messi without complying with UEFA’s financial regulations.”
He also believes the difference between Man City and most of the other clubs is in the way they are financed. Although he doesn’t explicitly say that, this might’ve been a reference to their sheik owners who, needless to say, are very wealthy men.
“I’m not the only one who thinks this. Ask Klopp or Mourinho; they feel the same way about City. The coronavirus hasn’t affected them because they are financed in many different ways.”
Still, if someone has the financial power to sign Messi, then it’s definitely Pep Guardiola’s current team.
Barcelona legend says Messi is essential for the young Barcelona generation
Following what will forever remain an unforgettable might for the youngster, Ilaix Moriba scored his first goal for Barcelona. It was a sensational strike, as the young Spanish midfielder faked a shot one way, only for him to cooly dispatch it the other way.
Yesterday night, Barça legend Luis Suárez Miramontes had this to say both in regards to the club’s youth, as well as club veteran Lionel Messi: “For this group of young people it is essential that there is someone like Messi with personality and charisma so that they grow as they should. That is why it is necessary to maintain it.“ (via Carrusel)
Per earlier reports, the Barça captain has stayed true to this. He reportedly takes “special care” of Ilaix Moriba in particular so that the 18-year old doesn’t “deviate from the path of becoming an important player in the team.” This is one of Barcelona’s most talented squads in recent memory, full to the brim and overflowing with youth and exuberance, with all these players looking up to the Argentine.
The 85-year old is a Barcelona legend having played in Barça’s iconic colours from 1955 to 1961. He is widely regarded as one of Spain’s next footballers of all time, and a testament to this is the fact that he is still the only player from the country to ever win a Ballon D’or.
He has been heavily critical of the squad at times this season, owing to the fact that “they [Barca players] make the worst individual and team mistakes.” At least this time he has something to smile about.