Messi wins UEFA goal of the year

Nyon (Switzerland), Aug 27 (IANS) Spanish giants FC Barcelona captain Lionel Messi was declared winner of the European football governing body UEFA’s goal of the season for 2014-2015 on Thursday.

Messi scored a stunning goal against German champions Bayern Munich in the Champions League first leg match of the semi-final on April 6.

The match was locked goalless till 77 minutes, then two goals from Messi and one from Neymar secured a spectacular 3-0 win for Barcelona at their home ground.

The Argentine left Bayern defender Jerome Boateng floundering before deftly chipping the ball over goalkeeper Manuel Neuer to score his second goal of the match and put Barcelona into a commanding first-leg lead in their semi-final.

The Argentine skipper earned 39 percent of the 507478 number of votes polled.

The second prize for the best goal went to Spanish team Real Madrid’s star striker Cristiano Ronaldo’s strike against English outfit Liverpool FC, which received 24 percent of the votes.

The third best goal was given to English club Aaron Ramsey’s effort against Turkish giants Galatasaray, which got 9 percent of the votes.

Barcelona went on to win last season’s Champions League, beating Italian side Juventus 3-1 in the final.

Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen won the best save of the season for his brilliant stop against Bayern in the semi-final.

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