Red carpet : Lionel Messi won the UEFA Best Player in Europe Award

Barcelona Argentine striker Lionel Messi won the UEFA Best Player in Europe Award for the 2014-2015 season, after beating out Real Madrid Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo and Barca’s Uruguayan Luis Suarez.

The winner was announced on Thursday at the closing of the Gala Draw for the UEFA Champions League group stage for this season at the Grimaldi forum in Monaco.

Barcelona’s Lionel Messi has received the UEFA Best Player in Europe Award for the second time after finishing ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo and Luis Suárez in a live poll of 54 journalists.

However, Cristiano took home the award for the freshest suit – as awarded by the good people of Twitter.

Peter Schmeichel played host and MC at the Champions League draw 

Javier Zanetti and Paolo Maldini are on stage to assist with the draw.

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