Lionel Messi has won yet another award as he solidifies his place as one of the greatest players of all time.
Ahead of this evening’s Champions League draw at 5pm, UEFA have announced the winner of last season’s goal of the year, and it is no great surprise to see Messi clinch the prize for his incredible golazo against Roma in the Champions League last November.
In fairness to the Argentinian’s team-mates, it was a truly wondrous goal with a number of dazzling interchanges building up to Messi’s supreme finish.
Barcelona ultimately lost out in their bid to become the first back-to-back European champions for the first time since the competitions revamp, losing to Atletico Madrid in the quarter-finals.
Messi still achieved a very credible six goals during last season’s Champions League campaign and was named in the team of the season alongside team-mates Luis Suarez and Andres Iniesta.
Barcelona will be in Pot 1 for the draw this evening, alongside bitter rivals Real Madrid.
Paris Saint-Germain, Bayern Munich, Leicester, Benfica, Juventus and CSKA Moscow make up the remaining teams to be chosen as top seeds.
Elsewhere, Atletico and Borussia Dortmund are just two of the big names who join Arsenal and Man City in Pot 2.
Tottenham appear alongside Lyon and Borussia Monchengladbach in Pot 3, with the latter of whom recording a 6-1 victory over Young Boys last night to progress to the group stage with hat-tricks from Raffael and Thorgan Hazard.
Finally, Celtic find themselves in the same pot as conquerors of Dundalk, Polish outfit Legia Warsaw.
Callum Connolly, Pundit Arena.