Barcelona star Lionel Messi was named the UEFA Player of the Year on Thursday, beating Cristiano Ronaldo and Luis Suarez to the honour.
The three were the finalists after a shortlist of 10 was further reduced weeks back.
Journalists representing the 54 UEFA countries voted for the nominees live at the venue of the Champions League group stage draw, with the three superstars present.
Messi was the standout player last season as Barcelona won the unique Champions League, La Liga and Copa Del Rey treble.
Suarez also played a pivotal role in those triumphs, while Ronaldo helped Real Madrid finish second in La Liga and reach the Champions League semi-finals.