La Liga president hails Messi as the best player ever

BARCELONA, SPAIN - MAY 01: Lionel Messi of Barcelona celebrates after he scores his sides third goal during the UEFA Champions League Semi Final first leg match between Barcelona and Liverpool at the Nou Camp on May 01, 2019 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)

President Javier Tebas hailed Lionel Messi as La Liga’s greatest ever player and doubts he will ever leave Barcelona.

Messi is the Spanish league’s all-time record scorer on 417 goals in a total of 451 appearances.

Second on the list is Real Madrid legend Cristiano Ronaldo, on 311 goals in 292 games, with Athletic Bilbao icon Telmo Zarra completing the top-three on 251 goals in 278 matches.

Aside from his prolific form over the years in La Liga, though, Messi has also won the Player of the Season award seven times and picked up the league title 10 times.

Therefore, the Barcelona captain received yet another award in recognition of his achievements on Tuesday night at Espanyol’s RCDE Stadium as part of La Liga’s celebrations for its 90th anniversary.

Although Messi didn’t attend the event itself.

“He’s been a little bit affected by what’s happened in these last few days,” said Tebas, according to Marca.

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“I don’t think he’s leaving Barcelona.

“He’s the best player in La Liga [Santander]’s history and deserves a lifetime homage. There’ll never be anyone like him again.”

Meanwhile, Antoine Griezmann is strongly expected to complete a €125m summer transfer to Barcelona after announcing his plans to leave Atletico Madrid at the end of the season.

Despite only signing a new contract last year, the French World Cup winner announced on Atletico’s social media channels on Tuesday that he will be ending his five-year stay at the Wanda Metropolitano.

But ex-Atletico boss Radomir Antic just can’t see how Griezmann will fare alongside Messi and co at Barcelona next season.

“Given how Barcelona play, I don’t see where he would fit,” he said.

BARCELONA, SPAIN – MAY 04: Antoine Griezmann of Club Atletico de Madrid reacts during the La Liga match between RCD Espanyol and Club Atletico de Madrid at RCDE Stadium on May 04, 2019 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images)

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