Lionel Messi Crowned UEFA Best Player In Europe Ahead Of Ronaldo & Suarez

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Lionel Messi (left) receives his award from Michel Platini (right) as Cristiano Ronaldo stands in the background

Lionel Messi added another individual trophy to his collection on Thursday as he was voted UEFA’s Best Player in Europe for last season. The Barcelona star beat Luis Suarez, his teammate at the Champions League winner, and Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo in a Europe-wide poll of journalists. 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. More pictures after the break

Ronaldo looks on in the background as Platini (right) hands the trophy to Barcelona star Messi (left)

Platini (second right) lifts the trophy to hand over after Messi was announced as the winner

Messi (second right) and Ronaldo (right) look on as Peter Schmeichel (left) chats to Luis SuarezSuarez (right) posted this picture with Messi and his trophy on Instagram as they travelled back to Spain

Messi poses for pictures with the trophy after being announced as UEFA's Best Player in Europe

Messi's name is displayed on the big screen after he was announced as the winner

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