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Messi named La Liga player of the month for first time

Barcelona's soccer player Lionel Messi of Argentina attends a news conference during a commercial event at Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona October 2, 2014. REUTERS/Albert Gea/Files
Barcelona's soccer player Lionel Messi of Argentina attends a news conference during a commercial event at Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona October 2, 2014. REUTERS/Albert Gea/Files

REUTERS - Barcelona forward Lionel Messi has been named La Liga's player of the month for January, the first time he has won the award since its introduction in 2013.

The five-times Ballon d'Or winner scored six goals in the league in January, including his first hat-trick of the season against Granada.

Argentine Messi's team mate Neymar won the award in November, the first Barca player to claim it.

Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo has won it twice.

(Reporting by Simon Jennings in Bengaluru, editing by Ed Osmond)

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