La Liga president Javier Tebas insisted that there are talks to rename the league's player of the award after the Barcelona talisman Lionel Messi.
After Cristiano Ronaldo's imminent departure, there is no doubt that Lionel Messi is arguably the La Liga's best player. It is a well-documented fact that the Argentine has plied his trade in Spain since his childhood with the La Masia academy and rose up the ranks to achieve unprecedented success with the Catalan club.
And in the honor of his achievements, La Liga president Javier Tebas said that they could consider creating a 'Leo Messi' award for the best player of the season, after the Argentine decides to retire.
“We have to think about it. I think that Messi will be the best player in history, he already is. Messi has no limits, he’s always at maximum level, maximum, and he never decays. It would be a good idea to create in the future a trophy for the player of the season that has Messi’s name on it,” said Javier Tebas.
However, this will not be the first time an award is named after a player. Spain has a history of naming footballing awards after some of the greatest players to have graced the La Liga, with most notably the Pichichi for the top goal scorer, while the Zamora is given for the best goalkeeper.
The thought might have risen after the La Liga saw one of the world's best and most marketable athlete, Cristiano Ronaldo leave the Spanish capital to join Serie A giants Juventus in a blockbuster 100 million move.
Now, months after his move, the five-time Ballon d'Or has revealed the exact reason as to why he ended his association with Blancos. Speaking to France Football, he said,
"I felt within the club, especially from the president, that I was no longer considered in the same way as I was at the beginning. For the first four or five years, I felt like Cristiano Ronaldo. Less so after. The president looked at me in a way that suggested I was no longer indispensable if you know what I mean. That is what made me think about leaving."