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Date: 25 April 2019

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Messi back as Europe's best

[Posted 26 Aug 2011]
[By Beezsports Reporter]
Messi back as Europe"s best

Barcelona's Argentinian little magician Lionel Messi was announced as the winner of the renamed UEFA Best Player in Europe award at the end of the UEFA Champions League group stages draw.

In winning the award, Messi beat the challenge of team mate Xavi Fernandez and Portuguese striker Cristiano Ronaldo of Barca's arch-rivals Real Madrid. Messi polled the highest votes of the 53 journalists who participated in the poll.

Naturally Messi was elated at yet another feather in his cap of individual honours.

"I'd like to thank all the people that voted for me, and all my teammates," Messi said at the awards ceremony in Monaco.

"I keep all these awards at home and I still have some space for more. It's an honour to be so successful and to come up with the goods at the right time. Thanks to my teammates for helping me achieve this," Messi told journalists after the announcement

Messi was particulalrly outstanding last season, emerging as the highest Champions League scorer with 12 goals, an award which he has now won for a record three times in a row.

The Barca star striker also scored an unprecedented 53 league goals in La Liga last season.

The new award replaces the old European Footballer of the year award, which was last won by another Argentinian striker, Diego Milito of deposed UEFA Champions Inter Milan.




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