laliga: ‘State clubs’ dangerous for world football, says LaLiga’s India head Cachaza | Goa News

Panaji: LaLiga’s India head, Jose Antonio Cachaza, has warned that Paris Saint-Germain’s signing of Kylian Mbappe with one of the most lucrative contracts in history is sign that ‘State clubs’ pose a great danger to world football.
After a long transfer saga and endless speculations, Mbappe, a World Cup winner with France, signed a deal until 2025 with PSG, turning down an offer from Real Madrid.
Mbappe’s decision to stay with PSG has caused plenty of heartburn in Madrid, but Cachaza believes rather than a snub for LaLiga, the signing should be a cause for concern for world football.
“It’s not about Mbappe. The destruction of football that PSG and Qatar oil, gas money is doing is what we should look at. Someone should explain how a club that has lost 700 million euros in the last few years and has salary expenditure of over 600 million euros in a league that doesn’t generate (income) can overpay one of the most-richest club in the world, who have really strong finances after being well managed,” Cachaza told TOI during an event to celebrate five years of LaLiga office in India on Tuesday.
LaLiga has already demanded an investigation into how PSG were able to make an astronomical offer for Mbappe, one of the world’s best young player at 23.
“We believe what’s happening with these ‘State clubs’ or state-financed clubs is a real threat to football. It’s as dangerous as the failed attempt of building a Super League,” said Cachaza.
Mbappe’s decision to believe in the PSG “project” rather than accept an offer from Real Madrid comes days after another youngster, Erling Haaland, chose to move from Borussia Dortmund to Premier League champions Manchester City.
PSG are owned by Qatar Sports Investment fund while Manchester City are owned by the City Football Group where the Abu Dhabi United Group has a majority stake.
Much has already been made of LaLiga’s loss of global superstars Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. But Cachaza believes the league’s 95-year history and strong foundations laid by powerhouse clubs will keep them in good stead.
“LaLiga, historically, has had all the top names, the real kings of football. Alfredo Di Stefano in the fifties, Johan Cryuff in the seventies, Diego Maradona in the eighties, then the wonder years of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.
“The only two (big) names who didn’t play in LaLiga are Pele (Santos) and Franz Beckenbauer (Bayern Munich). Everyone speaks of Mbappe and Haaland (as the next stars). What if the next big names are Vinicius ( Junior) and Ansu (Fati),” asked Cachaza.
The Premier League dominates the global football market while LaLiga is now aiming to become a genuine competitor.
“Under the leadership of Javier Tebas, we have created a strong operation through three important axis — economic stability, strong bet on digitalisation and now internationalisation. This will keep us in better shape and help keep competing,” he said.


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