LaLiga larger than Messi – Forlan
Diego Forlan performed down the importance of Barcelona celebrity Lionel Messi staying in LaLiga, insisting the league would survive with out the six-time Ballon d’Or winner.
Messi’s future stays an necessary matter at Barca after he handed in a switch request following a tumultuous 2019-20 season.
The Barca captain was tipped to affix Premier League powerhouse Manchester Metropolis earlier than opting to stay in Spain, although he has since been linked to Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain and Inter.
“I wouldn’t say it’s a present [Messi finally staying],” former Atletico Madrid ahead Forlan, who gained the Europa League and UEFA Tremendous Cup throughout his time within the Spanish capital between 2007 and 2011, instructed Marca Sport Weekend.
“Clearly, LaLiga has grown up due to the good gamers who performed in numerous membership. However LaLiga is LaLiga, and the golf equipment are essential, and are within the historical past.
“It is rather good he stayed, however they’re rising… Leo Messi, Luis [Suarez]… nice gamers, they’re altering and LaLiga will likely be nonetheless there… It’s greater than 90 years historical past of LaLiga and massive stars has been right here, and will likely be additionally.
“However on the finish, what stays in LaLiga, the groups, and that’s the necessary factor.”
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Messi, who is because of grow to be a free agent on the finish of the marketing campaign, has endured an underwhelming begin to the 2020-21 season.
The 33-year-old had failed to help a objective or rating from open play in six LaLiga matches earlier than final weekend’s 5-2 win over Actual Betis, when he additionally netted from the penalty spot.
Messi began that sport on the bench – the primary time that has occurred within the league since September 2019 – however Barca head coach Ronald Koeman revealed he was carrying a knock.
This season, Messi has scored three targets in LaLiga and 6 throughout all competitions for Barca.
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