Messi shades Ronaldo with La Liga awards double

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Barcelona forward Lionel Messi managed to edge his perennial rival for individual honours at last night's latest La Liga awards, picking up two accolades while Cristiano Ronaldo had to settle for a single crown.

Ronaldo did collect the 'Most Valuable Player' award at the ceremony to recognise the great and good from last season in Spain, but Messi added a pair of gongs to his considerable list of personal prizes.

Messi was named the Official LFP player of the season for the 2012-13 La Liga campaign, while also beating Ronaldo and Alvaro Negredo to be recognised as the best forward in Spain last term.

Madrid's leading man had to settle for the solitary MVP trophy, while Barcelona schemer Andres Iniesta collected the best attacking midfielder prize.

Asier Illarramendi also managed to put his more experienced team-mate in the shade by winning two awards, picking up prizes for best defensive midfielder and breakthrough player of the campaign following his displays for Real Sociedad last season.

The El Classico duopoly on La Liga awards was broken by Atletico Madrid, with Diego Simeone and Thibaut Courtois receiving best coach and top goalkeeper awards respectively.

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