Messi quashes Ronaldo, Suarez for UEFA Best Player award
Lionel Messi was Thursday voted UEFA s best player in Europe for 2014-2015 with Germany s Celia Sasic winning the women s award in a Europe-wide poll of journalists.
The Argentina star, who won the Champions League, Spain s La Liga and Spanish Cup with Barcelona, claimed the award for the second time ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo and Luis Suarez. "I am happy to win the award. I thank all my teammates because they deserve part of it. I depend a lot on the team like everyone else," the 28-year-old said. Messi also won in 2010-2011 and succeeds Real Madrid rival Ronaldo who won last year.
FFC Frankfurt s Sasic, 27, was voted the best women s player ahead of France s Amandine Henry and fellow German Dzsenifer Marozsan.
Sasic, who retired last month, was the top scorer in the Champions League which Frankfurt won, the Bundesliga and at the Women s World Cup in Canada where she won the Golden Boot award.