Messi lands ESPY honour ahead of Ronaldo & Djokovic

The Barcelona forward's scintillating season has not gone unnoticed, with the Disney-owned sports broadcaster naming him 'Best International Athlete' over the past year

Barcelona striker Lionel Messi has won the Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly Award (ESPY) for Best International Athlete.

The No.10 ended the 2011-12 season with a club record 73 goals, and helped his side to victories in the Spanish Supercopa, European Super Cup, the Club World Cup and the Copa del Rey.

In recognition of his achievements over the past campaign, he has pipped Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo, reigning US and Australian Open tennis champion Novak Djokovic and female golfer Yani Tseng to the prestigious honour, presented by sports broadcaster ESPN.