FIFA names Lionel Messi ‘Men’s Player of the Year’

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Lionel Messi is FIFA Men’s Player of the Year
Lionel Messi is FIFA Men’s Player of the Year
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FIFA, the governing world football body has conducted its ‘The Best’ ceremony in Paris, France where football star Lionel Messi emerged THE BEST FIFA Men’s Player of the Year.

This is not to be confused with the Ballon d’Or award by the French publication France Football since 1956 of which FIFA disengaged from since Gianni Infantino’s ascendency to power in 2016.

The Best’ awards recognises the campaign’s best men’s player, best women’s player, men’s goalkeeper, men’s and women’s coaches and more.

Lionel Messi picks FIFA award
Lionel Messi picks FIFA award

On the back of powering the Argentine national team to lift the World Cup since 1986, at the Nov. 20, 2022 mundial in Qatar, few if any had qualms about Messi’s triumph.

Messi had last picked the trophy in 2019, receiving a standing ovation.

Lionel Scaloni is The Best FIFA Men’s Coach 2022
Lionel Scaloni is The Best FIFA Men’s Coach 2022

It was a clean sweep for Argentina’s La Albiceleste as Lionel Scaloni emerged The Best FIFA Men’s Coach 2022. The BEST FIFA Men’s Goalkeeper was the controversial Emiliano Martinez while The Best FIFA Fan Award 2022 went to the Argentinian fans.

Emiliano Martinez is The BEST FIFA Men's Goalkeeper
Emiliano Martinez is The BEST FIFA Men’s Goalkeeper
The Best FIFA Fan Award 2022 is Argentinian fans
The Best FIFA Fan Award 2022 is Argentinian fans
The BEST FIFA Women's POTY is Alexia Putellas
The BEST FIFA Women’s POTY is Alexia Putellas

Other winners of the Best FIFA Football Awards 2022:

The BEST FIFA Women’s POTY: Alexia Putellas

Mary Earps — Women’s Goalkeeper of the Year

Sarina Wiegman — Women’s coach of the Year

The 2022 FIFA FIFPRO Men’s World XI:

Thibaut Courtois, Achraf Hakimi, Virgil van Dijk, Joao Cancelo, Kevin De Bruyne, Luka Modric, Casemiro, Lionel Messi, Erling Haaland, Karim Benzema and Kylian Mbappe.

The FIFPRO Women’s World XI:

Christiane Endler, Lucy Bronze, Leah Williamson, Wendie Renard, Mapi León, Keira Walsh, Alexia Putellas, Lena Oberdorf, Alex Morgan, Beth Mead and Sam Kerr.

The FIFPRO Men's World XI
The FIFPRO Men’s World XI

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