Lionel Messi scoops award at Global Soccer Awards

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Lionel Messi has been named the best player in the world at the Global Soccer Awards in Dubai.

The Barcelona superstar has enjoyed a spectacular 2015, helping his side win no less than five trophies including the Spanish league title and the Champions League.

Their latest silverware came earlier this month as they saw off River Plate in the Club World Cup final in Japan.

Upon accepting the award, Messi said: "It is very nice to receive these awards, but I always say that the group is what makes it possible." When asked what he most remembered from last year, he added: "It is difficult to pick a single moment. It has been an extraordinary year and I'll take the whole year that FC Barcelona had."

The 28-year-old, who had travelled from Argentina to attend the ceremony, left soon after receiving his award to return to Barcelona and attend a training session today.

Barcelona were also rewarded for their success off the pitch in 2015 after Josep Maria Bartomeu picked up awards for Best Club and Best President of the Year and Director Javier Bordas accepted the award for Best Media Attraction in Football.

To round off an almost perfect year, Barcelona will go into 2016 on top in La Liga, although they're level on points with Atletico Madrid having drawn their last two league outings.

There should be more accolades for Messi in January as he goes for a record-breaking fifth Ballon d'Or. He's currently the favourite to scoop the prestigious prize ahead of Real Madrid rival Cristiano Ronaldo and team-mate Neymar.

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