La Liga president Javier Tebas has branded Paris Saint-Germain financial ‘cheats’, insisting there is no way they can fairly afford to pay the combined salaries of Lionel Messi, Neymar, Kylian Mbappe, Sergio Ramos and others.
La Liga lost Messi to the French giants during the summer when Barcelona were unable to give the six-time Ballon d’Or winner a new contract because of strict salary regulations.
Ramos also headed to Paris after failing to agree a new contract with Real Madrid. Meanwhile, the club refused to sell Mbappe to Real last month, keeping him on top of everyone else.
Tebas has longstanding beef with PSG, dating back to their €222m capture of Neymar in 2017.
Critics have questioned whether Real have the funds to go after Mbappe among others, who could include Erling Haaland and Paul Pogba, but Tebas insists Los Blancos will never cheat. As such, he has again let loose on PSG, insisting there is no way they can cover salaries on normal income alone.
“Madrid can never be PSG because PSG cheats the financial controls,” Tebas said, via Mundo Deportivo. “Currently they have a salary expense close to €600m when they are in a league where [income from] broadcasting rights have fallen by 40%.”
The latter comment refers to the collapse of Ligue 1’s €3.25bn TV deal with Mediapro and subsequent replacement with a far less lucrative, hastily arranged set of contracts.
Tebas continued, “It is impossible that PSG has sponsors that give them 30% more than the average income of [Manchester] United, Real Madrid, Barcelona...it is absolutely impossible.
“Real Madrid will not be PSG because it does not enter the game of cheating and it is not a state club. That is one of the problems we have in European football.”