Neymar’s blockbuster transfer move from FC Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain was historic for a number of reasons. For one, the move created a domino effect that essentially inflated the transfer market, which remains the case today.
From Ligue 1’s perspective, the transfer was projected to be a landmark move for the league. And so far, this matter can be debated when it comes to examining the marketing and revenue impact that Neymar has had on the league in general. However, La Liga president Javier Tebas believes that Neymar’s move to PSG has not necessarily created much change for the French league overall.
In speaking at the Marca Sport Weekend event, Tebas touched on La Liga and why the league will remain relevant even without top stars, unlike with Ligue 1.
“Neymar went to PSG and Ligue 1 is still Ligue 1,” Tebas said. “Spanish football has managed to be above the names of the players.”
To Ligue 1’s credit, the league is gradually gaining noteworthy recognition for its ability to develop promising prospects. But Ligue 1 still has work to do to establish its status as a league that is more than just PSG and 19 other teams.
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