It’s sad to see the Argentine international leave Camp Nou, but he claims it would not rob the Spanish top flight of its glory
Former Real Madrid midfielder Mutiu Adepoju is philosophical about Lionel Messi’s retirement from Barcelona and claims his departure from Camp Nou would not be a disaster for La Liga.
A statement of the Blaugrana has confirmed that the Argentine international will leave the Catalan uniform after negotiations over a new deal broke down on Thursday.
The 34-year-old would accept an agreement that would reduce his salary by 50 percent as his previous contract expires this summer.
However, the financial status of the 26-time Spanish kings has made it an almost impossible mission to register him for the 2021-22 campaign without significantly reducing their wage bill.
This news of his departure has become an important topic of discussion in football circles, as some have suggested that it would have a detrimental effect on the Spanish elite division, a claim that the former Nigerian and La Liga ambassador disagrees with.
‘Like every other big player who left La Liga, Messi’s departure would be truly felt. However, it will never be the end of the league, “said Adepoju. Purpose.
‘As you know, several good players have come and gone, but La Liga continues to exist and the quality has never been affected.
“When [Cristiano] Ronaldo is gone, everyone missed him, but the Spanish top flight continued because there are several big stars in the league. ”
‘If you look at it objectively, you will see that there was a huge economic loss as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. This is probably the corner where Barcelona comes from.
‘He is the player with the highest remuneration of the club, and it can be very difficult to meet his financial demands during this period. Messi has achieved a lot with the club, and if everything was in order, they would want him to stay.
“It’s a shame, and his departure is a great loss for Barcelona.”
During his 21-year stay in Barcelona, Messi won 10 La Liga titles, four Champions Leagues, seven Copa del Rey periods among several other honors.
Adepoju is also excited that Ronald Koeman’s team will discover another great football.
“There are so many young players coming in and I believe another good player will be in the spotlight soon,” he added.
‘Barcelona are known for their ability to discover and develop talents, and therefore get a replacement [for Messi] may not be a problem.
“Whether we like it or not, Messi will retire one day and other players will definitely step in.”