Messi named best player in Europe
By Agency Reporter
Friday, 31 Dec 2010
Argentine Lionel Messi was named the best soccer player in Europe for the second straight year by European newspapers, said the Uruguayan newspaper El Pais, in a survey published on Wednesday.
In the 25th edition of the contest, the Barcelona star won 67 votes, 21 more than his Spanish colleague Xavi Hernandez, who had one more vote over Andres Iniesta, who is also from Spain. Xavi and Iniesta both play for Barcelona.
Portugual?s Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo, who was second in 2009, came in fourth in the voting, said El Pais.