Lionel Messi beats Cristiano Ronaldo and Luis Suarez to Uefa’s best player award

Lionel Messi was Thursday voted Uefa's best player in Europe for 2014-2015 with Germany's Celia Sasic winning the women's award.
Lionel Messi, left, receives from Uefa president Michel Platini his Uefa best player in Europe for 2014-2015 Award during the draw ceremony for the Champions League group stage at Grimaldi Forum in in Monte Carlo, Monaco, 27 August 2015. Guillaume Horaciuelo / EPA
Lionel Messi, left, receives from Uefa president Michel Platini his Uefa best player in Europe for 2014-2015 Award during the draw ceremony for the Champions League group stage at Grimaldi Forum in in Monte Carlo, Monaco, 27 August 2015. Guillaume Horaciuelo / EPA

Lionel Messi was on Thursday voted Uefa’s best player in Europe for 2014-2015 with Germany’s Celia Sasic winning the women’s award.

The Argentina forward, who won the Uefa Champions League, Spain’s Primera Liga and Copa del Rey with Barcelona, claimed the award for the second time ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo and Luis Suarez.

“I am happy to win the award. I thank all my teammates because they deserve part of it. I depend a lot on the team like everyone else,” the 28-year-old said.

Messi also won in 2010-2011 and succeeds Real Madrid rival Ronaldo who won last year.

FFC Frankfurt’s Sasic, 27, was voted the best women’s player ahead of France’s Amandine Henry and fellow German Dzsenifer Marozsan.

Sasic, who retired last month, was the top scorer in the Champions League which Frankfurt won, the Bundesliga and at the Women’s World Cup in Canada where she won the Golden Boot award.

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Published: August 27, 2015 04:00 AM

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