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La Liga chief uses Lionel Messi to take swipe at Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar

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La Liga president Javier Tebas believes that Barcelona star Lionel Messi is more important to the league’s popularity than Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar.

However, the president admitted, that he would like to see Neymar return to Spain.

“Yes, of course [I’d like Neymar to return],” Tebas told Marca . “With his qualities, he’s in the top three players in the world. It would be very important for La Liga if he came again, although it wouldn’t be defining for the Spanish league.

“The defining thing is that we play 10 months a year, with 20 clubs each playing each other and generating passion and joy each weekend for fans in Spain and across the world.”

“A player like Neymar gives you a following in countries that look out for him, but he’s not an essential element,” Tebas continued. “Not even Cristiano Ronaldo was. Lionel Messi, on the other hand, is an essential element because he’s the heritage of La Liga.”

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