It was all about Barcelona in the the seventh edition of the Globe Soccer Awards held in Dubai on Sunday. The Spanish powerhouses, who won the La Liga, the UEFA Champions League, the Copa del Rey as well as the FIFA Club World Cup in the calendar year, bagged the Best Team Award.
Barcelona won a total of four awards -- Best Club, Best President, Best Player of the Year and Best Media Attraction in Football.
Lionel Messi, who continues to amaze with every passing year, received the Best Player of the Year award for a stellar season. The 'little magician' scored a total of 58 goals from 57 matches in all competitions last season for Barca and forged a memorable partnership with Neymar and Luis Suarez up front.
The trio, referred to as "MSN", has gone on to become one of the most lethal attacking lines in football today.
Messi said that it is the team's success that has made him what he is today. "It is very nice to receive these awards, but I always say that the group is what makes it possible," the 28-year-old said at the awards night.
When asked about his most memorable personal moment of the calendar year, Messi said: "It is difficult to pick a single moment. It has been an extraordinary year and I'll take the whole year that FC Barcelona had."
Barcelona President Josep Maria Bartomeu, who received the Best Club President of the Year award, said that the entire success of the club was due to the performances of Messi and his teammates. "With Messi and the other players life is easier. They keep playing better and better and hopefully that will continue well into the future," he said.
Here is the full list of award winners:
Best Club of the Year: FC Barcelona.
Best Club President of the Year: Josep Maria Bartomeu (Barcelona).
Best Player of the Year: Lionel Messi.
Best Coach of the Year: Marc Wilmot, Belgian national team coach.
Best Career Award: Andrea Pirlo and Frank Lampard.
Best Referee of the Year: Irmatov.
Best Football School of the Year: Benfica.
Best Agent of the Year: Jorge Mendes.