|Europe's Player of the Year © Picture: REUTERS / Eric Gaillard|
Once again Europe's Player of the Year, Messi dethroned Ronaldo for the third time after 2009 and 2011. Lionel Messi has added to its trophy case another piece. The superstar of FC Barcelona was named European Footballer of the Year on Thursday evening in Monaco for the third time after 2009 and 2011th The 28-year-old sat in the conducted among sports journalists choice clearly against his club colleague Luis Suarez and Cristiano Ronaldo from arch-rivals Real Madrid by.
Last year the award was still gone on Ronaldo. Even in the election for FIFA World Player of the year Messi had beginning defeated the Portuguese. Subsequently the Argentinian Barcelona led but the title from Triple Spanish Cup, Spanish Cup and Champions League. "It was an incredible year for us all," Messi said. "There is no secret, but we are a strong unit."
Messi is the centerpiece of this unit. The attacker scored in last season total of 58 goals and ten of those in the Champions League. In the eternal scorer in the Champions League he is with 77 goals tied with Ronaldo at the top. "I am happy about the award, but I share it with all of my colleagues with whom I can work together," said Messi.
In the women's one player was honored, which has now resigned. The award as Europe's Footballer of the Year went to the German Celia Sasic. The 27-year-old led the 1. FFC Frankfurt in the past season with 14 goals for the Champions League title and thus became the top scorer of the Champions League. Also in the Women's World Cup in Canada Sasic was protecting queen with six goals. Then she ended her career.