La Liga president Javier Tebas has claimed Spanish clubs earn on par with their Premier League counterparts in response to persistent complaints from Real Madrid about the revenue gap between the two divisions.
Los Blancos were knocked out of the Champions League by English side Manchester City in midweek, winning 4–0 on the night and a 5–1 success on aggregate.
Man City’s wealth is well known and Real President Florentino Perez has often spoken about his club’s lack of revenue compared to the Premier League champions.
However, Tebas insisted the playing field was level, stating: “On national television our clubs earn as much as they do Premier League, madrid cries a lot and they cry a lot…but it’s not true, they earn as much as in the premier [League],
“That’s why when the teams with the highest incomes in the world come out, Real Madrid and FC Barcelona come out first. I don’t know what else they want.”
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Tebas also talked about Real’s participation in the proposed European Super League. On his relationship with Pérez, he said: “I have known the president of Real Madrid for many years, I have had many meetings with him, and I know what he thinks about Spanish and European football. He thinks that Real Madrid should no longer play.” In some regions of Spain, because they want to play in a major league.
“The excuse he uses to leave is that Laliga is very weak and does not generate enough revenue to support the bigger clubs.
“There have been many years in which I have had very good Florentino relations, bad and very bad, as it can be now. I know what his views are about what he wants from football, but he wants to play in the Super League. Cheats on the issue.” Because you eliminate the national product and he knows it because he’s not a fool.”
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