Fans of Spanish Laliga top clubs including Barcelona, Real and Athletico Madrid Football Clubs now have the opportunity of watching idolized football greats, Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez Ronaldo and Nemar play live in preseason games across the country.
This is courtesy of the Memorandum of Understanding and technical partnership entered by the League Management Company (LMC) and the world’s number one league, Laliga, in Abuja on Tuesday, which among other things would see the Laliga Clubsides tour Nigeria, a privilege also to be enjoyed by Nigeria Premier league clubs.
President of Laliga board Javier Tebas made the announcement after signing a five-year memorandum of understanding with the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL ) in Abuja. He said Laliga would bear much of the cost of the partnership, saying that the agreement would be beneficial to the world’s top football League as much as the NPFL benefits.
To underscore the seriousness of the partnership, the Laliga boss said it would open a fully staffed office in the same building as the LMC, in Abuja to harness benefits of the partnership and terms of technical exchange, collaboration and marketing.
“For us this is a mutually beneficial agreement. We are convinced that the better the domestic league grows, we will grow. We have a lot to benefit if the domestic league anywhere in the world grows. The more you grow, we also grow” declared Tebas.
LMC Chairman Shehu Dikko had earlier outline the immense benefits of the laudable partnership which he said would put the domestic league on the right pedestal for growth.
Among the benefit include training of coaches and referees. He said the LMC is determined to borrow from Laliga’s administrative, governance, club ownership structures to move the Nigeria league, adding that the decision of the partners to set up an office here underscores how serious they are to push the agreement toward success.
Earlier the minister of Sports Solomon Dalung applauded the partnership and hailed it as a step in the right direction.
The Spanish Ambassador to Nigeria, Alfonso Barnuevo, witnessed the signing.