The Rivalry between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo does not look in any way slowing down as the Argentine beat the Real Madrid ‘goal machine’ to the annual Spanish La Liga Awards held yesterday in Barcelona but its good news for Algerian Sofiane Feghouli as he was named the Best African Player in Spain.
Unsurprisingly, both players are massive favourites for the FIFA Ballon d’Or which they were just yesterday shortlisted alongside Brazilian Neymar. Messi was voted the Best striker in La Liga last season before picking up the Best Player gong, winning both for the sixth time.
His teammates at Barcelona, Neymar won the Best American Player Award and Claudio Bravo was voted the Best Goalkeeper while Real Madrid were not left out as current Ballo d’Or holder Ronaldo picked up the Fans’ Five Star Player award, Sergio Ramos was named Best Defender,the Best Midfielder award went to James Rodriguez and .
“It is a source of pride for me to receive this award [Best Player] ahead of of so many important players in the league, I’m very happy,” said Messi. This award, in particular, I want to dedicate to my son Thiago, even if he does not fully understand yet.”
Valencia’s Algerian midfielder Sofiane Feghouli was named the Best African Player in the La Liga.