Barcelona forward Lionel Messi was named La Liga’s best player and striker for the 2014/15 season at the LFP Gala Awards Ceremony in Barcelona on Monday.
It was sweet revenge for Messi as Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo won both awards last year. However, even though Ronaldo scored 48 goals and Messi 43, it was the Barcelona talisman who emerged on top this time around as his contributions led his side to La Liga and Copa del Rey glory.
“I'm proud to receive this award ahead of so many important players in La Liga," Messi, who clinched the awards for the sixth time, told reporters.
“This award in particular I want to dedicate to my son Thiago [aged 3] even if he still doesn't understand very well. Every time I leave the house he gets angry and asks me: 'Papa, are you going again to score goals?' This award is for him.”
However, while Messi was delighted to have been crowned La Liga’s best player and striker, he lauded Ronaldo for his stellar season, in which the Portugal international helped Madrid claim the UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup.
“I am happy to be once more among the three best, and to go to another gala,” Messi said. “Happy to be with Neymar. Luis Suarez also deserved to be among the three best, but that is to take nothing away from Cristiano Ronaldo, who also deserved it.”
Ronaldo did not walk away empty-handed as he won the Fans' Five-Star Player award after he received the most votes by supporters on mahou.es after each matchday.
Meanwhile, Messi’s team-mates, Claudio Bravo and Neymar, were named best goalkeeper and best player from the Americas respectively.
Real Madrid’s Sergio Ramos and James Rodriguez claimed the best defender and midfielder prize respectively, while Valencia midfielder Sofiane Feghouli was named the best African player of the 2014/15 season.