Messi and Barcelona dominate Globe awards

Lionel Messi was named Best Player of the Year at the 2015 Globe Soccer Awards in Dubai on Sunday.

The Argentinian beat his perpetual rival and last year’s winner Cristiano Ronaldo into second, while Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon was third.

"Obviously I am very happy to be here and delighted to win this award but as always, the most important thing is the collective, the team," Messi said after accepting the award. "It is difficult to pick out one moment from what has been an extraordinary year for Barcelona. The whole year has been wonderful."

Barcelona were also recognised at the ceremony, claiming the Club of the Year gong after winning a historic treble, while Barca supremo Josep Maria Bartomeu was awarded Best President of the Year.

“This award really belongs to our club members and the 39 presidents before me during the club’s 116-year history, Bartomeu said. “I would also like to give special thanks to the players for all of the efforts they made this year."

Elsewhere, Belgium boss Marc Wilmots beat off competition from Italy’s Antonio Conte and Barcelona’s Luis Enrique to be named Coach of the Year, and Benfica’s Academy was recognised. 

There were also Player Career Awards for New York City pair Frank Lampard and Andrea Pirlo.