La Liga president, Javier Tebas, has weighed in on the GOAT debate between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, declaring Messi as his top choice. Tebas emphasized that both Messi and Ronaldo are among the “best players in history,” but he prioritized the Argentine forward over the Portuguese captain.

Speaking in a recent interview with Juan Jose Buscalia from DSports, Tebas stated, “Lionel and Cristiano are the best two players in history, with Messi as first. Players are important but not essential for a competition.”

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He added, “Trying to repeat it for so long, because Messi and Cristiano have been at the highest level since they were 18, it will never happen again, the stars have aligned.”


Messi and Ronaldo are widely regarded as two of the greatest footballers in the history of the game. Between them, they have won 13 Ballon d’Or awards and faced each other during their time in the Spanish LaLiga, with Messi representing Barcelona and Ronaldo playing for Real Madrid.