The Argentina international beat Mario Gomez and Cristiano Ronaldo to the individual trophy this term following his 14 strikes throughout the season
The Argentina international netted twice against BATE, three times against Plzen and once versus Milan to make it six from five games in the group stages.
The 24-year-old then found the net on six more occasions in the two round-of-16 games against Bayer Leverkusen, before adding two more to his tally in the quarter-final tie against Milan.
Messi was unable to beat Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech in the semi-finals, though, as Barca fell to a shock 3-2 defeat on aggregate.
|THE TOP FIVE SCORERS FROM THE 2011-12 CHAMPIONS LEAGUE|
|Lionel Messi (Argentina)
|Mario Gomez (Germany)
|Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal)
|Karim Benzema (France)
|Didier Drogba (Cote d'Ivoire)
Bayern Munich striker Mario Gomez finished the campaign as runner-up following his 12 goals in 12 appearances.