Messi is the best footballer of all time

Two goals in Sunday's Clasico has the football world worshipping at the star's feet, and Tebas was one of the people to pay homage. 

La Liga president Javier Tebas has called Lionel Messi the best footballer of all time, while admitting that as a Real Madrid fan it was not easy for him to admit the Argentine's brilliance. 

Messi was the name on everybody's lips on Sunday as his two goals led Barcelona to Clasico glory. 

Barcelona's 3-2 victory keeps the Catalans in the chase for La Liga, although Madrid's game in hand means they remain favourites.

And after the game Tebas could not help but recognise La Pulga's supremacy in the Santiago Bernabeu. 

"Messi's goal? As a Madrid fan you obviously feel hurt, mostly because of the time. But it is good for La Liga," the chief told COPE

"On the basis of yesterday's game I would say Messi is the best player of all times. And I've seen him play better."

Tebas also played down the Twitter war between Gerard Pique and Sergio Ramos, with both players making controversial comments on refereeing in recent weeks. 

"The Ramos-Pique spat is just one of those football things. There are a lot of pressures and tension, they feel their teams' colours... in the national team they forget about it," he said. 

"On Twitter Pique is funnier, and he has more cheek. Sergio is more sensitive and passionate. I like both of them."

The Liga race continues midweek as Barcelona host Osasuna on Tuesday. 

The Catalans have the chance to briefly go three points clear of Madrid with a win, as the Merengue kick off away to Deportivo shortly after full time at Camp Nou. 

If the two teams finish level on points at the end of the season Barca will retain the title, by virtue of better head-to-head results.

Fabio Capello accused Real Madrid's players of consistently trying to deliberately injure Lionel Messi as he watched replays of what he called a "criminal" challenge by Sergio Ramos on the Barcelona ace during Sunday's Clasico.

The former Blancos boss covered the game as a co-commentator for Fox Sports Italia and was disgusted by what he saw as blatant attempts to hurt Messi, who was left with blood pouring out of his mouth after being elbowed in the face by Marcelo, and felled three times by Casemiro in the first half alone.

Indeed, Capello, who won two Liga titles during his two spells in charge at the Santiago Bernabeu, was enraged by Sergio Ramos' two-footed lunge on the Argentina international, which resulted in the Real defender being shown a straight red card.

The Spain centre-half felt that the dismissal - his fifth in Clasico history - was "excessive", while Madrid director Emilio Butragueno felt that the decision was debatable.

Capello, though, was in no doubt that Ramos deserved to walk, arguing that it was further evidence of the home side's persistent rough-house treatment of the Barca No.10.

"You know that every time that there's a Clasico here, at the Bernabeu, it happens that they try to hurt Messi and, every time, it's always a red card," the Italian coach said during the game.

"Look at the challenge! Look at the challenge! A criminal challenge. A clear foul. Clear foul. The dismissal was right."

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