Messi scoops Marca awards

Barcelona star Lionel Messi has been named as La Liga’s best player of the 2016/17 season in Marca’s annual awards.

The Argentine won his fifth Alfredo Di Stefano Award in Monday’s awards ceremony in Barcelona after scoring 37 times in La Liga last season.

“I want to take the opportunity to thank my teammates and share this trophy with them,” Messi said upon receiving the award.

“My ambitions are to win trophies with my team and not focus on individual awards so I hope we can compete for La Liga and then think about any individual prizes after those are achieved.”

Messi also scooped the Pichichi award for finishing as top scorer in La Liga.

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