Lionel Messi was named the UEFA Best Player in Europe for the Year 2014-15
The Barcelona star defeated his club teammate Luis Suarez and previous year winner Cristiano Ronaldo, after a live vote of 54 journalists. The win will be bitter sweet for Messi as he had lost 2014 Ballon d’Or to Ronaldo.
The four-time FIFA world player of the year Messi scored 58 goals in all competitions while leading Barcelona to titles in La Liga, the Copa del Rey and the Champions League. Although Ronaldo scored 61 goals but he failed to lead Real Madrid to win any major trophies.
When Messi was asked about the secret behind his exemplary performance for 2014-15 campaign he told reporters,“This prize brings me a lot of joy. It was an incredible year for us. I don’t know about secrets, but there is a united dressing room which was able to have an incredible year.”
“It came out as we wanted, and we achieved our objectives. I want to thank all my teammates. We all represent something. If not for all of them, not Barca, nor I, would be here.”