Lionel Messi was delighted to win, for the first time, the Best Player of the Year prize at the Globe Soccer Awards which were celebrated in Dubai on Sunday.
Barcelona, meanwhile, where named the Best Club of the calendar year after lifting five trophies.
Messi said he was “happy and grateful” for the prize.
“I always say, and it’s true, that what is important is the trophies we win as a team, but it’s also [important] to win individual awards, too,” he added.
He found it difficult, though, to select his best moment from the past 12 months.
“It is difficult to choose one moment, it was a complete year in which we won practically everything we played,” he said.
“It’s difficult [to choose one], the whole year remains with me.”