He may have seven La Liga titles, five Ballon d’Ors and four Champions League titles to his name but Lionel Messi’s trophy haul was missing something … until now.
The Barcelona star has been awarded the player of the month award in La Liga for the first time ever!
Messi helped Barca increase their stranglehold on the Primera Divison as the Catalans sealed four wins and a draw in January.
The Argentine was recognised as being the best player after he scored a hat-trick against Granada as part of his six-goal haul last month.
“While it may be almost impossible to believe, Messi has finally been named the La Liga Player of the Month,” The club’s website said.
“The award has been given out since the beginning of the 2013-14 season and, this January, after 22 other players had been deemed more worthy in past editions, it was finally given to the world’s best player.”
He becomes only the second Barca player after Neymar since its inception in September 2013.