The soccer star is sad that the Argentina international is leaving the Camp Nou, but he claims that this would not take the shine from the Spanish top flight
Former Real Madrid midfielder Mutiu Adepoju is philosophical about Lionel Messi’s departure from Barcelona, claiming his Camp Nou exit would not be a disaster for La Liga.
A statement of the Blaugrana confirmed the Argentina international will leave the Catalan team after negotiations on a new deal failed on Thursday.
The 34-year-old was ready to accept a deal that would cut his salary by 50 percent as his previous contract expired this summer.
Still, the financial status of the 26-time Spanish Kings made it an almost impossible mission for them to register him for the 2021-22 campaign without significantly reducing their labor costs.
This news of his departure has become a major topic of conversation in football circles as some have suggested it will have a negative impact on Spain’s elite league, a claim the former Nigerian international and La Liga ambassador disagrees.
“As with any other big player who has left La Liga, Messi’s departure would be really noticeable. But that will never be the end of the league, ”said Adepoju Gate.
“As you know, several great players have come and gone, but La Liga is here and the quality has never been compromised.
“When [Cristiano] Ronaldo left, everyone missed him, but the top Spanish group kept going because there are several big stars in the league. “
“If you look at this objectively, you will find that there has been a huge economic loss due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Probably that’s where Barcelona comes from.
“He is the club’s highest paid player and it could be very difficult to meet his financial demands during this time. Messi has achieved a lot with the club and if everything was okay they would have wanted him to stay.
“It’s just a shame and his departure is a huge loss for Barcelona.”
During his 21-year stay in Barcelona, Messi won 10 La Liga titles, four Champions Leagues, seven Copa del Rey tiaras, among other things.
Adepoju is also optimistic that Ronald Koeman’s team will dig up another football great.
“There are so many young players coming and I think there will soon be another great player coming into the spotlight,” he added.
“Barcelona are famous for their ability to spot and develop talent, so get a replacement [for Messi] can’t be a problem.
“Like it or not, Messi would one day retire and other players would definitely step in.”