The Premier League not jealous of Messi

Paul Rouget, Media365: published on Friday August 13, 2021 at 1:09 p.m.

Before the start of the new Premier League season, Richard Masters, the general manager of the English league, spoke about the arrival of Lionel Messi at PSG. « We will survive, » he assures us.

The arrival of Lionel Messi at PSG triggered a real earthquake in France, but not only. This signature was widely commented on, and sometimes very criticized, in other European countries, and in particular in England. And this while Manchester City was one of the favorites, with the Parisian club, to recruit the Argentinian last summer, when the latter had expressed his desire to leave FC Barcelona. Cityzens who have already recruited Jack Grealish, and now hope to welcome Harry Kane, and who this time did not try to recruit the six-fold Ballon d’Or, whose contract had expired. But there are no regrets on the other side of the Channel, according to Richard Masters, the chief executive of the Premier League. He gave an interview to Telegraph before the kick-off of this 2021-2022 season of the English championship, which begins Friday evening (9 p.m.) with a match between the promoted Brentford and Arsenal.

« We are not built on individualities »

“No one could have imagined that Messi would be free. It would have been nice if he came to the Premier League before his career was over. But he chose to go to Paris. We will survive. We have always had a lot of the best players in the world, as well as very talented English players who have left the training system. It’ll be OK. And I expect this new season to be more competitive than ever, he says. From top to bottom, the Premier League is very competitive. This is what sets it apart from other European championships. It’s always good to have the biggest names, but we don’t build on individualities. « For him the lack of competition, in Ligue 1 and elsewhere, is » a problem for these championships. This is part of the dissatisfaction that has been exacerbated by the pandemic, because there has to be competition in these championships if they are to be successful in the long term … « 

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