With a move for Catalan independence gaining momentum, the prospect of Barcelona withdrawing from La Liga was brought into focus again.
In an interview with French newspaper Journal du Dimanche, French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said that he would be willing to provide the team with salvation.
‘Monaco play in Ligue 1, so why not Barcelona?’ he asked.
Barca, who won an incredible European treble last season under manager Luis Enrique, are at risk of losing their La Liga membership amid the prospect of a referendum on Catalonian independence.
The city of Barcelona is the autonomous region’s capital and if a separation from mainland Spain was voted for by Catalonia’s people, the club would be ejected from its domestic league competition.
Barcelona is the capital of Catalonia and, ahead of regional elections there last month, La Liga president Javier Tebas warned that the Spanish league would be “nothing” without the city’s football club.
Losing Barca would disfigure the landscape of La Liga and place Real Madrid in uncertainty.
Spanish football is the commodity it has become because Real Madrid and Barcelona buys and/or produces the best talent in European football, and then pit them against each other.
Needless to say, half of that dynamic is a genuine cause for concern all around what with the end of El Clasico and no more Ronaldo versus Messi.
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