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.
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.
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.
* Rooney is among 13 players with two awards.
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