Can you imagine La Liga without the Barcelona vs. Real Madrid Clásico? Well, it seems like some people are already doing so, and they’re getting excited.
In an interview with the Journal du Dimanche, French Prime Minister Manuel Valls stated that the doors are open for Barcelona if they want to join France’s first division in the event that Catalonia earns its independence.
“After all, Monaco plays in Ligue 1,” stated Valls to the newspaper. The words are especially resounding given that La Liga’s President Javier Tebas stated that Barcelona would not be able to play in Spain any longer if Catalonia became independent.
Barcelona, La Liga and Catalan independence: Not unique. Monaco is sovereign state, but plays in French Ligue 1 and Andorra in Spain
— ⚽️ is a Country (@FutbolsaCountry) September 27, 2015
The support of the French Prime Minister is important, but definitely not strange. Born in Barcelona to a Republican (anti-Franco) journalist father and a Swiss mother, the French politician is an unapologetic Barça fan, so we can all understand his invitation to Barcelona.
But I’m sure not everybody is as happy. Like the current French champion Paris Saint-Germain, for example, especially since Barcelona always humiliates Paris in the Champions League.
I also have to say I would be one of those unhappy people. The storied rivalry between Barça and Real Madrid undoubtedly surpasses the hypothetical matchup between Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona.
And let’s be honest, the Clásico would simply take on another dimension of interest and morbid curiosity if Catalonia becomes independent.