Lionel Messi comfortably fended off competition from Sadio Mane and Cristiano Ronaldo to win the UEFA Forward of the Season prize.
Messi enjoyed another sensational campaign in front of goal for Barcelona last season. He ended up scoring an incredible 51 goals in just 50 games, while claiming the UEFA’s Goal of the Season accolade.
Unsurprisingly, this led UEFA to name Messi in the three-man shortlist for the Champions League’s forward of the season. Joining him was Ronaldo and Liverpool star Mane.
While both players enjoyed impressed greatly, they were ultimately no match for Messi in the eyes of the judging panel.
In a panel consisting of 32 club coaches and 55 journalists, UEFA announced the five-time Ballon d’Or winner finished with an overwhelming 285 points to end Ronaldo’s dominance of the UEFA forward award.
The Juventus star had previously claimed the prize in the last two seasons following his role in Real Madrid’s Champions League success. However, he could only end up third this time.
Mane, meanwhile, finished an impressive second-place following a breakthrough campaign for Liverpool.
Top-10 UEFA Forwards of 2018/19
1 Lionel Messi (Barcelona) – 285 points
2 Sadio Mané (Liverpool) – 109 points
3 Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus) – 91 points
4 Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) – 83 points
5 Dušan Tadić (Ajax) – 35 points
6 Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) – 15 points
7 Robert Lewandowski (Bayern) – 10 points
8= Roberto Firmino (Liverpool) – 9 points
8= Harry Kane (Tottenham) – 9 points
10 Leroy Sané (Manchester City) – 6 points