On the one hand, Javier Aguirre noted that the MX League it is frowned upon in other countries due to the competition system. Nevertheless, Matias Almeyda assured that, at least in Argentina, Mexican soccer is underestimated. In these statements there is no one version more correct than the other, both exemplify the two faces that the “glorious Liga MX” can have.
One of the strongest criticisms that Mexican soccer receives is the way you compete. There are 18 teams in the table and there are 12 that can access the fight for the championship; what’s more, a few tickets save the cellarers from falling into the worst sporting embarrassment: the descent.
In Clausura 2022, the teams destined to pay the fine for being last in the classification were: Juarez, Xolos and Toluca. Those from Ciudad Juárez must pay 80 million pesosthose of Tijuana 47 million of the same currency, and the red devils they will pay 33 million.
The Basque Aguirreconsidered one of the best technicians in the history of Mexico and with extensive experience in Europe, stated that because of this system the league in Europe is frowned upon.
“You have to find something or another mechanism, sacrifice a little money, what do I know? How do you explain in Mallorca that the last place pays and is saved?, How do you explain that 12 can be champion? There is no way to explain, that is why they see you badly from the outside, ”said the helmsman in an interview with Hugo Sánchez on ESPN.
Money is still important, and to get more profits you have to have more games, no matter if that represents a sporting sacrifice. Since the implementation of the playoff in the Guardians 2020 16 playoff games have been played, in which advertising, ticket sales, sponsorships and more factors have not stopped generating profits for the clubs; but it’s still “useless”, ever since, no team coming out of that phase has managed to lift the title.
Jose Ramon Fernandeza journalist who has experienced multiple facets of national football recognizes that economic interests prevail over sports interests.
“We have a plastic leaguecreated by television as a result of the pandemic, where there is no promotion or relegation, is a quiet league in which millionaires can put their money and have no loss or risk“, he stated in an interview for Sopitas.com
Not everything is so bad
The catastrophe is not a scenario that appears in the windows of Liga MX either. Yes, there are questionable elements and areas for improvement, but the competition is far from being one of the worst.
Matias Almeyda, an old acquaintance of Mexican soccer has shown his love for Mexico on several occasions. In one of them he defended the national competition of Argentine critics, claiming that it is a sports base for the continent.
“(In Argentina) the place where you work is minimized. Mexican soccer was minimized when I worked there (at Chivas), and Mexico is the one that feeds all of South America”, he sentenced the Peeled in an interview with ESPN Argentina in 2020.
The economic structure of the Aztec tournament continues to be attractive to players from the southern cone. For example, Sebastian Villastellar element of Boca Juniors, charges around 14 thousand euros a week, according to the portal salarysport. Roger Martineza player who has not yielded what was expected in America, surpasses him, since he pockets 17 thousand euros weekly, according to the same portal.
This indicates that, even without shining much, you can get a good contract in Liga MX (financially speaking). Few leagues in America, not counting the United States, can match the high salaries offered in Mexico, hence the constant arrival of foreigners to national teams.
The statements of both strategists perfectly exemplify that the Mexican league is as contrasting as its reality. It is not the best, because it is inexplicable that a group that was in position 12 of 18 can be champion, or that the last one pays for not losing the category.
But it’s not the worstthe Mexican history and market have consolidated their tournament as one of the most competent, at least in economic terms. Today the financial spectrum is elementary when it comes to understanding the “new sport”, since to strengthen the quality of a league, yes or yes, monetary resources are necessary.