Barcelona’s 2019/20 season has been full of ups and downs but unfortunately for the Catalans, when everything is said and done, mostly downs. Still, even when the whole club is on fire, you can count on one man and it doesn’t take a wild guess to get his name right. And perhaps unsurprisingly at this stage, Lionel Messi makes history once again.
Today’s newspaper covers are full of the little Argentine who’s somehow breaking records even when the ship is sinking and the club hitting new lows. Sport have gone with a cover that says ‘Captain Messi‘, highlighting how he is changing the team so that they are ready to face Napoli in August.
But they also talk about his seventh Pichichi as the best goal-scorer for the season in LaLiga. Of course, this personal accolade, just like any other, is completely secondary to him and all he cares about is the team’s success.
Mundo Deportivo are all about breaking records and their cover celebrates Barcelona’s talisman as Lionel Messi makes history again – 1001 goal contributions with both club and country combined.
On a purely club level, however, he’s also unstoppable, tallying his seventh Pichichi and equalling the likes of ‘Torpedo‘ Müller and Eusebio who have done the same in their time and their respective leagues.
As for LaLiga, Telmo Zarra was the man to beat and now even the legendary forward is behind in the pecking order and inferior to Messi. But there is no shame in that since it’s true for probably every footballer on the planet.
Even when his team is plummeting to new lows, Messi finds a way to shine. But for how long can he keep dragging this team forward? We’ll have to wait and see.
La Liga chief Javier Tebas talks summer transfers and fan return to stadiums
In a conference held by ADEA Forum (Association of managers and executives of Aragon) in Zaragoza, Javier Tebas spoke on a wide range of topics surrounding La Liga.
Mostly, the La Liga president spoke regarding the league’s bounce back from the pandemic and some potential plans for the league to restore public crowds. He also discussed the losses incurred, the summer transfers, among other things.
The Condition of La Liga
Tebas started the conference by claiming that the situation for the Spanish league is comparatively better than other leagues.
Speaking on this, he said, “The situation is worrying, but not so much. I think that of this pandemic the Spanish League is the one that is going to turn out less badly compared to the others.”
He then spoke about the losses incurred in Spanish football, with the net loss amounting to €1 billion by the 30th of September.
On the losses, Tebas said, “Of this billion, 750 have been financed by banks or investment funds, the latter the majority based in London, and the rest have been done by the clubs pulling their cash.”
Additionally, he mentioned that it was big clubs that were affected stronger than the smaller clubs, due to the huge loss of income from the lack of crowds, among other profitable economic activities that clubs such as Real Madrid and Barcelona enjoy above others.
A return for crowds to stadiums
When speaking on a return of crowds to stadiums, the La Liga chief seemed tremendously confident in their ability to host crowds as early as tomorrow. He claimed that they would have to run at between 20% to 30% capacity; nonetheless, the Spaniard was confident that teams would be more than capable of hosting crowds very soon.
Speaking on the same, he said, “There is a working group for the return [of fans] to the stadiums. I hope that in the last league games we can see the public in a proportional amount.”
Upcoming transfer window
Speaking on the summer transfer window, the president claimed that there will indeed be a lower amount of transfers as there were in the previous window. Tebas said, “They have already been lower in winter. There may be occasional and exceptional operations, but globally it will decrease. There will be exchanges of players. It’s going to be lower than last year.”
Accordingly, clubs are going to have to dig into their academy reserves more and more as the global and financial situations amend over time.