Gary Lineker points out Spanish dominance in Europe in Premier League v La Liga debate

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Just where would Barcelona be without Lionel Messi?

That’s a question that we’ve asked ourselves many, many times throughout the Argentinian’s incredible career at the Camp Nou.

But it was pertinent during Barcelona's 2-2 draw against Valencia on Saturday.

Ernesto Valverde’s side were 2-0 down after 32 minutes and facing their first defeat in the league since November.

Messi, though, dug them out of a hole with two goals either side of half-time.

The first came from the penalty spot and the second via a fine strike from outside the area.

It means that Messi has now scored in nine consecutive matches.

Lineker tweets about PL v La Liga argument

Spanish football fans are fortunate that they get to witness the five-time Ballon d’Or winner on a weekly basis.

Those who don’t watch La Liga regularly have to settle for snippets.

There has long been a discussion of whether he will ever play in the Premier League as it’s seen by many to be the strongest league in the world.

But Gary Lineker doesn’t subscribe to that idea.

After tweeting about Messi’s recent form, Lineker received the following response: “I just wish we had the chance to see him in a bit more even league. PL>LL”.

But the Match of the Day host and former Barcelona striker wasn’t having it.

“No, not that, please,” Lineker replied. “In the last 5 years, teams from La Liga have won 9 out of 10 European competitions. 🤦🏼‍♂️”.

While the fan seemed to be suggesting that the Premier League is more competitive than La Liga - and not better in terms of standard - Lineker has made it clear that he believes Messi is playing in the strongest league in the world right now.

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Yet not everyone agreed.

Click HERE to read the full debate that ensued after Lineker sent his tweet.

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Real Madrid, Barcelona, Atletico Madrid and Sevilla have dominated the European tournaments in recent years.

The only time that a Spanish club didn’t win a European competition in the past five years was in 2017, when Manchester United won the Europa League.

But this year, Liverpool, Manchester City, Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain all have aspirations of winning the Champions League, while Chelsea, Arsenal and Napoli are among the favourites to claim the Europa League.

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