Messi Beats Ronaldo To La Liga Best Player Award
Lionel Messi Beats Cristiano Ronaldo To La Liga Best Player Award
Despite Cristiano Ronaldo guiding Real Madrid to their first title since 2012 in the recent campaign, FC Barcelona’s Lionel Messi beat him to Marca’s La Liga best player award.
The Argentine was awarded his prize by the publication on Monday night in the city of Barcelona, where he also won the Alfredo di Stefano Trophy.
Despite the Catalan club losing their La Liga crown to bitter rivals Los Blancos in the 2016/17 season, Messi was sublime throughout the campaign.
The 30-year-old scored 37 league goals and created a further 12 strikes in just 34 games for his club last season, while Ronaldo hit the back of the net on just 25 occasions and set up a further six goals.
Messi, who has carried his form into this season, is delighted with Marca’s recognition after winning the award.
"I already have several," he said, according to the publication.
"Before the trophy was different, bigger and heavier.
"I'm happy to receive it again and I want to thank MARCA for this recognition."
Other award winners:
Jan Oblak – the Zamora award
Iago Aspas – the Zarra award
Mendilibar and Garitano – The Miguel Munoz Prize.
Martinez Munuera – Guruceta award
Andres Iniesta – Spain’s MVP
Atletico Nacional were awarded the Jarque / Puerta trophy for giving the title of the Copa Sudamericana to Chapecoense after the air tragedy.
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