Lionel Messi's the best player in history - Tebas.

Lionel Messi. [Getty]

LaLiga president Javier Tebas has lauded Barcelona star Lionel Messi as "the best player in history".

Messi, who has won the Ballon d'Or five times, was crowned with The Best FIFA Men's Player award for the first time on Monday, ahead of Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk and Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo.

"He's the best player in history," Tebas said of Messi as Omnisport reported. "We're lucky to have him in LaLiga.

"I cannot imagine a league without Messi. He was born in the Spanish league and I hope he ends [his career] here."

On Neymar, who was keen to re-join Barca, two years after his world-record €222million move to PSG, Tebas said: "I would have liked Neymar to return to LaLiga.

"And, as [Vicente] Del Bosque would say, to return with good behaviour!

"How can I not like that a player of that level is in LaLiga? Just as I would like [former Barca boss Pep] Guardiola or [ex-Real Madrid head coach Jose] Mourinho to train some Spanish soccer team.

"We have to aspire to have the best. I hope that one day Neymar plays in a Spanish club."

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