Messi quashes Ron­aldo, Suarez for UEFA Best Player award

The Pak Banker - - INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS/SPORTS -

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.

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