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Gerrard and Messi share fans' vote

Published: Wednesday 27 May 2009, 5.30CET
FC Barcelona's Lionel Messi was named uefa.com fans' Man of the Match for the fifth time in this season's UEFA Champions League after the Rome final, equalling the total set by the Liverpool FC captain Steven Gerrard.
Gerrard and Messi share fans' vote
Steven Gerrard was voted man of the match by uefa.com readers five times this season in the UEFA Champions League ©Getty Images
 
 
Published: Wednesday 27 May 2009, 5.30CET

Gerrard and Messi share fans' vote

FC Barcelona's Lionel Messi was named uefa.com fans' Man of the Match for the fifth time in this season's UEFA Champions League after the Rome final, equalling the total set by the Liverpool FC captain Steven Gerrard.

FC Barcelona hero Lionel Messi and Liverpool FC captain Steven Gerrard had the honour of winning the uefa.com fans' Man of the Match vote more than any other player in this season's UEFA Champions League.

Five awards
Although Liverpool were eliminated by Chelsea FC in the quarter-finals, Gerrard claimed five Man of the Match nominations from Liverpool's ten games in the group and knockout stages. As the teams headed to Rome for tonight's final, only Manchester United FC's Cristiano Ronaldo and Barcelona forward Messi – first and second in the FIFA World Player of the Year voting for 2008, and leading scorers in the UEFA Champions League both last term and this – had the chance to draw level with the 28-year-old England midfielder.

Messi leveller
In the event, the Argentinian international got the nod this evening, joining Gerrard on five awards. Behind runner-up Ronaldo, four players were voted Man of the Match on three occasions this season – Karim Benzema of Olympique Lyonnais, Juventus's Alessandro Del Piero, Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard, and Lisandro from FC Porto. Thirteen players took the accolade twice, of whom only United's Wayne Rooney made it to the Stadio Olimpico.

2008/09 uefa.com fans' Man of the Match winners
PlayerClubMOTM awards
Steven GerrardLiverpool FC5
Lionel MessiFC Barcelona5
Cristiano RonaldoManchester United FC4
Karim BenzemaOlympique Lyonnais3
Alessandro Del PieroJuventus3
Frank LampardChelsea FC3
LisandroFC Porto3
Wayne RooneyManchester United FC2*

* Rooney is among 13 players with two awards.

Last updated: 28/05/09 1.40CET

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