After winning the Pichichi award for being the leading scorer last season, Lionel Messi has pipped Cristiano Ronaldo for the La Liga Best Player Of The Season trophy.
Lionel Messi, the star forward of Barcelona, has received La Liga’s top scorer and best player awards for the 2016-2017 football season. The Argentine beat rival Cristiano Ronaldo, who guided Real Madrid to their first title since 2012 in the recent campaign, to the award.
Messi scored 37 goals in league action last season to earn his fourth Pichichi award for most goals in La Liga and his fifth Alfredo Di Stefano trophy for best player.
Also, the Portuguese became the first ever player to score 100 European as well as Champions League goals during the 2016/17 season, which helped him lift the Fifa Player Of The Year and Ballon d’Or Award 2017.
The Argentine attended the awards gala on Monday evening at the Contemporary Art Museum, Barcelona, where he received his fifth career Alfredo Di Stefano Award.
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Lionel Messi was delighted with Marca’s recognition and said,
“I want to thank all my teammates and I share this special trophy with them. My main aim has never been to win individual awards but rather lift trophies with my team and I hope we can compete for La Liga this season. If individual trophies come after that, it’s all the better.”
“I already have several awards. Before the trophy was different, heavier and bigger. I’m happy to receive it once again and I want to thank MARCA for the recognition.”
With his tally of 37 goals, Messi had already won the Pichichi award for being the highest goal scorer of the league in 2016/17.
The ceremony comes days before the highly anticipated match between leader Barça and defending champion Real Madrid on December 23.
“It would be a beautiful way to end the year with a win (against Real Madrid) and begin our Christmas holiday happy. It would also be important to win this game. It’s special, it’s at Real Madrid (Santiago Bernabeu) and a victory would give us a big advantage over them. There is still a long way to go in the campaign but it would be good to have this advantage.”