The Argentine star who helped his side to a treble last season neat Luis Suarez and Cristiano Ronaldo to the award.
Meanwhile, former Germany worldwide Celia Sasic was named as Europe’s Best Women’s Player for the past season despite retiring after the 2015 Women’s World Cup.
Messi also won in 2010-2011 and succeeds Real Madrid rival Ronaldo who won a year ago.
Ryan said there are no easy draws in the UEFA Champions League. “I’m very happy and I would like to thank my teammates – without them I wouldn’t have achieved this”.
In a hilarious picture of the two, Ronaldo can be seen smiling for the camera while Messi’s beams in the background.
In case you have forgotten, or just want to see for the thousandth time like myself, here is the award-winning spectacle by the world’s greatest footballer.
Last year’s victor, Ronaldo racked up 61 goals and 22 assists for Real Madrid.
“The media can’t kill me any more than they already have”, he said. All over 49 UEFA associations chose Messi as their European Footballer of the Season in what was clearly a landslide victory. The defending champion will face Bayer Leverkusen, AS Roma, and BATE, a Belorussian team that never has advanced past the group stage.
The Barcelona forward Lionel Messi has denied the rumour going around that after the disappointment of failing to win with Argentina that he would take a break from the global game.