Argentine star beat Cristiano Ronaldo and van Dijk
Messi was announced as the big winner of The Best Gala by being nominated 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 award 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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