The Barcelona forward has been full of thanks to his Blaugrana team-mates and family after winning the Uefa Best Player in Europe award.
The Barcelona forward has been the standout player in the world game in 2015 and was a key reason behind the Catalan powerhouses strolling to a momentous treble in Luis Enrique’s first season in charge last term.
Messi was the overarching favourite to win the personal award on Thursday, beating club team-mate Luis Suarez and perennial rival Cristiano Ronaldo to the accolade.
The Argentina international forward was quick to thank his friends, family and team-mates at Camp Nou for their support in helping him win the award.
Messi played a part in Barcelona’s 1-0 win against Athletic Bilbao on the first day of the new La Liga season and will play his first home game of the new campaign against Malaga today.
The 28-year-old will be a key player in the Blaugrana’s efforts to win silverware this season and is the frontrunner to win an unparalleled fifth Ballon d’Or in 2015.