Man City or PSG signing Messi would be “financial doping”, according to La Liga president
Argentina captain Messi is a free agent after his contract with Barca expired at the end of June.
The six-time Ballon d’Or winner has previously been linked with City and PSG, although he is expected to stay with the Blaugrana despite their financial woes.
Tebas doesn’t see how a club would be able to offer Messi the kind of terms he won, his latest contract estimated to be worth over € 500m over four years.
Asked if Messi should take a pay cut to extend his stay at Barca, Tebas replied: “Exactly. He won’t be able to sign on the previous terms, that’s impossible.
“But I don’t think a European club would be able to pay that amount.”
Tebas added: “The city lost 270 million euros [during the coronavirus pandemic] so obviously they wouldn’t even consider signing Messi [on the terms he was previously on].
“PSG have suffered losses as well, so they can’t even consider signing Messi.
“If they do it, it will be financial doping. It would be amazing if that happened. We have to set limits. Financial doping harms football.
“It is not real money because it is not generated by the clubs. The money that does not come from football causes bad inflation and ruins football because clubs have to make all these efforts. [to compete], which takes them above their financial capacity.
“We have to fight this. It is one of the outstanding issues in European football. If it is not resolved, the game will end up in a very complicated situation.”