Fifa Awards 2019: Lionel Messi wins best FIFA player of the year award for record 6th time

Lionel Messi and Megan Rapinoe pose with their best FIFA player of the year awards.

Barcelona’s Lionel Messi won the best men’s player at the Best Fifa Football Awards in Milan as Juventus’ Cristiano Ronaldo and Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk missed out on the top prize.

It is the sixth time Messi has been voted the world’s best, after wins in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2015. The 32-year-old Argentine helped Barcelona win La Liga and reach the semi-finals of the Champions League.

The United States forward Megan Rapinoe won the best women’s player award.

Messi, Fifa Player of the Year award, Virgil Van Dijk, Ronaldo
It is the first time that Messi has won the Fifa Best Award which was created in 2016.

Messi, who won the Spanish La Liga title with Barcelona last season as well as the European golden boot having scored 54 goals in 58 games in all competitions, last won the award in 2015.

Klopp gets coach prize ahead of Guardiola and Pochettino:

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp was named men’s coach of the year after a season in which they beat Tottenham 2-0 to lift the Champions League.

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The Reds also finished second in the Premier League with 97 points – the third-highest tally recorded in the competition.

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Klopp was nominated for the award along with two other Premier League bosses – Manchester City’s Pep Guardiola and Tottenham’s Mauricio Pochettino.

Fifa Fifpro Men’s Team of the Year:

Three players who featured in last season’s Premier League were included in the Fifa Fifpro Team of the Year, but none from champions Manchester City.

Alisson and Van Dijk were included, as was forward Eden Hazard, who was at Chelsea in 2018-19 before joining Real Madrid in the summer.

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Seven City players were included in the 55-man shortlist – goalkeeper Ederson, defenders Aymeric Laporte and Kyle Walker, midfielders Bernardo Silva and Kevin de Bruyne and forwards Raheem Sterling and Sergio Aguero – but none of them made the final 11.

Tottenham trio Christian Eriksen, Harry Kane, and Son Heung-min all missed out, as did Manchester United pair David de Gea and Paul Pogba, as well as Chelsea’s N’Golo Kante.

Liverpool had two players selected but five others – Trent Alexander-Arnold, Andrew Robertson, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah – were overlooked.

Goalkeeper – Alisson (Liverpool/Brazil)

Defenders – Matthijs de Ligt (Ajax and Juventus/Netherlands), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid/Spain), Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool/Netherlands), Marcelo (Real Madrid/Brazil).

Midfielders – Luka Modric (Real Madrid/Croatia), Frenkie de Jong (Ajax and Barcelona/Netherlands), Eden Hazard (Chelsea and Real Madrid/Belgium)

Forwards – Kylian Mbappe (Paris St-Germain/France), Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus/Portugal), Lionel Messi (Barcelona/Argentina)

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