La Liga president Javier Tebas has said that Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi is more important to the league than former Barcelona teammate Neymar and ex-Real Madrid talisman Cristiano Ronaldo.
Neymar was a Barcelona player for four years before he left the club for French Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint Germain (PSG) in the summer of 2017 for a world-record fee of €220m.
For Ronaldo, the Portuguese international star joined Italian Serie A champions Juventus from Spanish La Liga giants Real Madrid.
According to Javier Tebas, Lionel Messi gives the Spanish La Liga more popularity than the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar.
Messi has been missing in action at the start of this Spanish La Liga season due to a thigh problem.
He was missing for the Spanish La Liga opener against Athletic Bilbao.
Lionel Messi missed the game with the aforementioned injury as Barcelona suffered a surprising defeat to the Basque outfit.
Veteran Spanish international striker Aritz Aduriz scored the only goal of the game for Athletic Bilbao who defeated Barcelona 1-0.
Messi was missing again for the next league game, a 5-2 victory over Real Betis at the weekend.
New signing Antoine Griezmann was the star of the show as he scored twice and also had an assist.