Lionel Messi Named UEFA Best Player in Europe: Latest Comments, Reaction

Christopher Simpson@@CJSimpsonBRFeatured ColumnistAugust 27, 2015

FC Barcelone Argentinian striker Lionel Messi receives from UEFA president Michel Platini (R) the trophy of Best Men's player in Europe next to runner-up Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo at the end of the UEFA Champions League Group stage draw ceremony, on August 27, 2015 in Monaco. AFP PHOTO / VALERY HACHE        (Photo credit should read VALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images)
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Barcelona star Lionel Messi has won the 2014-15 UEFA Best Player in Europe award, the first time a player has won it twice.

The Argentinian beat Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo and team-mate Luis Suarez to the award, which was announced following the Champions League group stage draw on Thursday.

The news was confirmed by UEFA's official Champions League Twitter feed:

Reaction poured in on social media, with former Barca forward Patrick Kluivert and Germany international Lukas Podolski among the first to congratulate Messi:

The forward scored a staggering 58 goals and registered 31 assists in all competitions last season as he helped the Blaugrana win the treble, and he will most likely enjoy a similarly successful season in 2015-16.

The honour is the latest in an incredibly long list of individual awards won by Messi, and having only recently turned 28, the Argentinian has plenty of time to add to his impressive haul.