By Staff writer
Messi's Barcelona team also pick ups 'Best Team' gong at Global Soccer Awards in Dubai
Lionel Messi was named the best player at the Global Soccer Awards in Dubai, reported Gulf News.
The award ceremony was held on Sunday as part of the Dubai International Sports Conference at the Madinat Jumeirah.
Messi, a Barcelona player and Argentina captain, said he was “obviously very happy” about the award but that it was “for the whole [Barcelona] club” and not just for him.
“[It’s] difficult to choose one moment as we were winning wherever we played. It has been a fabulous year for me and for the entire club,” he said.
Barcelona also won the “Best Team” award and “Best Media Attraction” award, of which the latter was collected by club president Josep Maria Bartomeu.
“I thank the jury for selecting us as the best team. It is difficult to win such an award but all credit to the players and the technical staff. The important thing is to play well and make the fans happy - we have done that,” said Bartomeu, who walked away with the “Best Club President” title.
“This award is for all the 59 presidents who were before me. They have all done a good job and the award is for all the work that we did for 160 years of clubs history. What we want is to keep changing the world a little bit through football as everyone understands this game,” he added.
Other awards handed out at the event went to Italian player Andrea Pirlo and former Chelsea player Frank Lampard.
The “Best Coach” award went to Belgium’s Mark Wilmots.