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La Liga president worried Lionel Messi will move to Premier League

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La Liga president Javier Tebas has admitted the new Premier League TV deal could persuade star players in the Spanish top flight to move to England.

Sky and BT Sport paid a record £5.13 billion to broadcast top flight games from 2016-19 with the money obviously lining the pockets of players, agents and owners. 

“We have a serious problem. We won’t be the best league in a year,” Tebas said.

Money talks

“We’re going to lose a lot of value in the market because the Premier League is going to snap up all of the global TV competition and contracts,” added Tebas. 

The likes of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo may be tempted to join the English top flight due to the sheer amount of money surrounding the Premier League.

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We have learnt over the years than in the football business, money talks. 

Television rights and deals are similar to that over here in that the top teams get the majority of the income. In 2012-13 Real Madrid and Barcelona received £110 million each from television income.

However, clubs negotiate their own TV contracts in La Liga, something which obviously benefits bigger clubs as opposed to struggling teams at the foot of the league.

The best league in the world

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes the new TV deal shows the popularity of the English game.

“It will contribute to get the best players all over the world to come to England. The movement of the players is always linked with the economical and financial power in the countries,” said Wenger.

The new deal is 70 percent more than the current £3 billion deal proposing an exciting few years ahead for the Premier League. 

It would be incredible to see Messi and co come to the English top flight but only time will tell whether the money is enough to entice them. 

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Lionel Messi
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Cristiano Ronaldo
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