Lionel Messi beats Luis Suarez and Cristiano Ronaldo to win the UEFA Best Player.
The highly talented Lionel Messi has won the UEFA Best Player in Europe Award for the second time after beating Luis Suarez and Cristiano Ronaldo to the prize.
Messi, the four-time FIFA world player of the year, got the UEFA honor after a season-long duel with Ronaldo for the Champions League scoring record. Both resume this season on 77 goals.
The 28-year-old Mesi shone in the second half of last season as he inspired Barcelona to the treble, with the club lifting the Champions League, Copa del Rey and La Liga.
While receiving the reward, Messi thanked his teammates for contributing to his success.
It was an incredible year for us. I don’t know if there’s a secret, the dressing room was united and that made for an unforgettable year.
Thanks to my team-mates, we are all represented. I wouldn’t be here if not for them and the club.
Messi first won the coveted title of the UEFA Best Player in Europe Award back in 2011. In this year’s UEFA Best Player Award, Luis Suarez emerged second . Cristiano Ronaldo, Messi’s closest rival came out third.