The Real Madrid star scooped the prestigious prize for the second time in his career ahead of the Barcelona forward and Franck Ribery, preventing Messi from notching up a fifth-straight triumph.
I’ve got no complaints or excuses, the best man won
“I would like to congratulate Cristiano for winning, he deserves it,” said Messi.
“I have nothing to say really. I think it was a good year for all three of us and that’s why we’re all here. I’ve got no complaints or excuses, the best man won”.
Asked whether he felt that some injury problems hampered his chances of winning the prize again, Messi continued: “I don’t know if it would have been different if I didn’t have the injury.
“I was out for quite a long time, that’s for sure. I wasn’t in my best form for the Champions League semi-finals and I fell injured almost as soon as the season started… but it’s all irrelevant. For merit, Cristiano deserved to win.
“It was quite a tough year – not just for the injury problems but also for the things which were said about me and my family. Let’s hope I can just focus on and enjoy my football in 2014.”
Meanwhile, Ribery insisted that he would rather win more trophies with Bayern Munich than scoop the award next year.
Ribery said: “What more could I have done other than to win absolutely everything with Bayern? Whether I finish second or third makes no difference. I’m no egoist and this title is not my aim – I’d rather win everything with Bayern all over again.”
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