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La Liga has ambitions to rival Premier League

The president of Spain's top division says he wants to attract all the best players in the world to the country and rival the commercial power of the English Premier League, reports BBC Sport. "We are not going to stop. We want the best 500 players," jokes La Liga boss Javier Tebas.

The Premier League's last domestic TV deal alone earned it £3.018bn.

"We want to make sure we have the biggest clubs and also the best players from the whole world in our league," said Tebas.

La Liga has a system whereby each club is allowed to negotiate their own TV deals and, while Barcelona and Real Madrid earned £110m last season, their rivals struggled to match that amount.

In contrast, the Premier League negotiates its TV deal on a collective basis.

"It is impossible to compare us with the Premier League from a commercial perspective," said Tebas. "What we are trying to do is get closer to them.

"We have been in Asia but right now our aim is to bring more teams from La Liga to this part of the world. We are working on this, it's a long-term project and is why we are here in the United States.

"There is a lot of support out here for Real Madrid and Barcelona. Our goal is to bring more teams here from La Liga so the football supporters in the United States can get used to them as well."

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