The president of La Liga, Javier Tebas, has secured a substantial pay rise that puts him among the highest earners in Spanish football. According to El Español, the majority of the clubs from the first and second divisions of Spain have voted in favor of a proposal to increase Tebas’s salary from €3.36 million to €5.4 million per year.
However, not all clubs are happy with Tebas’s performance and remuneration. Two clubs voted against the proposal, one of them being Real Madrid, who have been at odds with Tebas over several issues, such as the failed European Super League project, the sale of CVC’s stake in La Liga, and the salary cap imposed on the clubs. The identity of the other club that opposed Tebas’s salary increase remains unknown.
Tebas’s new salary will put him in the same bracket as Barcelona’s head coach Xavi, who reportedly earns €5 million per year. It will also make him one of the highest-paid executives in world football, surpassing the likes of UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin and FIFA president Gianni Infantino.
Some critics have questioned the timing and the transparency of Tebas’s salary increase, as many clubs are struggling financially in Spain. As Managing Madrid’s chief editor Kiyan Sobhani also stated, La Liga remains behind in implementing goal-line technology do the costs:
How is any club voting in favour of Tebas's salary raise and how is a salary raise for the president a priority over goal-line technology? https://t.co/fpdGA3B0oy— Kiyan Sobhani (@KiyanSo) October 24, 2023
Tebas has defended his proposal, saying that it is based on objective criteria and that he deserves to be rewarded for his work. He has also announced that he will run for another term as president of La Liga.