Javier Tebas: Lionel Messi ‘Essential’ to La Liga, Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar Not

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JOSEP LAGO/Getty ImagesLa Liga president Javier Tebas has called Lionel Messi the “heritage of La Liga” and said the Barcelona icon is essential to Spain’s top division, though the same can’t be said of Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar.Ronaldo ended a nine-year stay with Real Madrid to join Juventus last summer, while Neymar made a world-record move from Barca to Paris Saint-Germain in 2017. Messi, meanwhile, has played his entire professional career at the Camp Nou. Tebas told Marca (h/t Goal) of the unique appeal the Argentina star holds for fans of Spain’s top flight:”Yes, of course [I’d like Neymar to return]. With his qualities he’s in the top three players in the world. It would be very important for La Liga if he came again, although it wouldn’t be defining for the Spanish league.”The defining thing is that we play 10 months a year, with 20 clubs each playing each other and generating passion

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