La Liga chief: El Clasico could be paused if Messi breaks scoring record at the Bernabeu
It has to be a nightmare scenario that every die-hard Real Madrid hopes will not come to pass.
The Spanish Football League (LFP) is toying with the idea of a mid-match stoppage to honour Lionel Messi when he becomes La Liga's all-time top scorer - an event that could very well happen in Real's own backyard.
The Argentine wizard is just three goals away from surpassing Athletic Bilbao great Telmo Zarra's tally of 251 - a record that has stood since 1955.
LFP president Javier Tebas confirmed the possibility of a mid-match intermission, saying: "It will be an important historic moment. Messi will deserve some form of tribute and if he surpasses the record of Zarra, we should pause to reflect on what will be such a historic moment."
With Barcelona set to take on Eibar on Oct 19 (Singapore time) before visiting Real six days later, there is a high chance for Messi to claim Zarra's crown on the home turf of the Catalans' greatest and most bitter rivals.
Despite the possibility of things turning ugly should the historical moment occur at the Bernabeu, Tebas simply said: "Why can the Bernabeu not honour Messi?"
Get ready for some fireworks if Messi really does break the record on Oct 25 - or a really damp squib (and sighs of relief from Madrid) if the 27-year-old scores a hat-trick against Eibar.