La Liga, just three years ago the undisputed monarch of European football, returns for a new season on Friday night after a traumatic summer that ended with its crown jewel being given away, report agencies.
The free transfer of Lionel Messi to Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday drove home the financial turmoil that is eroding the power of Spanish football.
Meanwhile, it’s all change for the new Bundesliga campaign - which also starts on Friday - with new coaches at each of last season's top six clubs now joining the hunt to deny Bayern Munich a tenth straight league title.
In a rare coincidence, all clubs who finished in the top six league places in 2020/21 have a new head coach.
The Premier League's giants have again brushed off the economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic ahead of the start of the new season on Friday with a four-team battle expected for the title.