The Best: Messi is the best player and breaks the tie with Ronaldo

Messi won The Best

Messi won The Best

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Argentine ace beat Cristiano Ronaldo and van Dijk

Messi was announced as the big winner of The Best Gala by being announced as the best player of the year. Barcelona's Argentine star, Spanish champion and top scorer of all European championships, beat Cristiano Ronaldo and van Dijk, the other finalists.

"I want to thank everyone who decided that I should win this award. But I still say that the individual prize is secondary, first is the collective. It is a special night for me. This is the first time I have my wife and children, it is very special. For me it is something unique. Thank you all."

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