Javier Tebas believes Spain’s top-flight can survive Lionel Messi’s departure should he opt to swap La Liga for another division in Europe.
Reports claim the superstar’s Barcelona future is up in the air due to the club not being able to register new signings after exceeding their wage cap.
The Argentina playmaker is currently out of contract with his most recent Barca deal coming to end on June 30.
And although the Argentinian is one of the world’s most famous football stars, Tebas, 58, believes his exit will not be harmful to the country’s top tier.
The La Liga president said: “Of course we want Messi to stay but when you are running a league you cannot base decisions on individual players or clubs.’
“Ronaldo and Neymar went and we are still here and neither Serie A nor Ligue 1 has grown as they thought it would.
“Economically the Premier League is the best competition in the world and it has done it without Ballon d’Or winners.
“Of course our rivals will be happy if he (Messi) leaves, but let’s see what happens.”