La Liga

'LaLiga Cannot Allow Lionel Messi to Leave,' Claims Getafe President

Arjun Singh Devgan
Lionel Messi is currently a free agent after his contract with Barcelona expired in July
Lionel Messi is currently a free agent after his contract with Barcelona expired in July / Quality Sport Images/Getty Images

Getafe president, Angel Torres has opened up on the contract situation surrounding Barcelona and the league's greatest player, Lionel Messi - revealing that the LaLiga authorities cannot allow the Argentinian to leave Spain.

Messi's contract with Barcelona expired in July and he has been a free agent since, though reports have emerged that the 34-year-old has agreed to a new five-year deal with the Catalan giants which involves him taking a 50 percent pay cut.

Despite this, the club need to reduce their massive wage bill before they can register Messi for the upcoming season as they need to comply with the salary cap set by LaLiga authorities. League president, Javier Tebas has reiterated that he will not turn a blind eye when it comes to this situation, though Torres believes that it would be a mistake to let Messi leave.

“I have discussed it with Laporta and Tebas. LaLiga cannot allow Messi to leave this year. They would be making a mistake and we would all regret it. The best footballer in the world has to retire in Spain complying with the rules of economic control. I think LaLiga will be a bit flexible after the bad year in which Spanish football has lost 1,000 million due to Covid," he said as per Mundo Deportivo.

“And I will do whatever it takes so that footballers like Messi and Cristiano never leave because we are all harmed. Although it seems strange. Messi is for me the best footballer in the world and he must be in the best league in the world, which is La Liga.”

Messi is currently on vacation after leading Argentina to the 2021 Copa America title, and is expected to return back to Barcelona on August 2.