Barça stars Messi and Xavi honoured for exploits
MONACO: Lionel Messi of European champions Barcelona has been named the European Club Player of the Year for helping his side lift the Champions League trophy last season.
Argentinian Messi was also named forward of the year with his clubmate Xavi Hernandez, who also played a key role for Barça last season, named as midfielder of the year ahead of a third Barcelona club mate Andres Iniesta.
Chelsea and England skipper John Terry was named defender of the year, while Edwin van der Sar, of last season’s Champions League runners-up Manchester United, was named goalkeeper of the year.
The awards were for their performances in the Champions League.
Uefa president Michel Platini also presented a special award to Paolo Maldini, who won five European Cups with AC Milan during a playing career that spanned more than 20 years until he retired at the end of last season. – Reuters
CHAMPIONS OF EUROPE: Edwin van der Sar, Lionel Messi, Xavi Hernandez and John Terry.