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Lionel Messi wins UEFA's Best Player in Europe award

Lionel Messi added another individual trophy to his collection Thursday, being voted UEFA's Best Player in Europe for last season.

Barcelona star beats out teammate Luis Suarez, Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo for honours

Barcelona's Lionel Messi won the UEFA award for Best Player in Europe on Thursday. (Alex Caparros/Getty Images)

Lionel Messi added another individual trophy to his collection Thursday, being voted UEFA's Best Player in Europe for last season.

The Barcelona star beat Luis Suarez, his teammate at the Champions League winner, and Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo in a Europe-wide poll of journalists.

Messi, the four-time FIFA world player of the year, got the UEFA honour after a season-long duel with Ronaldo for the Champions League scoring record. Both resume this season on 77 goals.

Suarez, who scored the decisive second goal in the 3-1 final win over Juventus, reached the shortlist despite starting his season in late-October. The Uruguay forward served a FIFA ban for biting at the 2014 World Cup.

Launched in 2011, the UEFA award previously went to Messi, Andres Iniesta, Franck Ribery and Ronaldo.

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