Lionel Messi wins his 7th FIFA best player award

Argentina and Paris St-Germain forward Lionel Messi is  men’s player of the year at the 2022 Best Fifa Awards.

Messi took the award after leading  Argentina to World Cup glory in Qatar, and scored 27 goals in 49 games for club and country in 2021-22.The 35-year-old beat French forwards Kylian Mbappe and Karim Benzema to the prize.

“It’s amazing. It’s been a tremendous year and it’s an honour for me to be here and win this award. Messi said.

Barcelona’s Alexia Putellas was named women’s player of the year.

At the ceremony in Paris, Lionel Scaloni,who led Argentina to their third World Cup title, was named men’s coach of the year.

Scaloni beat Pep Guardiola – who guided Manchester City to a sixth Premier League title – and Real Madrid’s Champions League-winning boss Carlo Ancelotti to the honour.

Aston Villa and Argentina’s Emiliano Martinez was recognised as the best men’s goalkeeper.

Fifpro men’s world XI includes  Thibaut Courtois; Achraf Hakimi, Virgil van Dijk, Joao Cancelo; Kevin De Bruyne, Luka Modric, Casemiro; Lionel Messi, Erling Haaland, Karim Benzema, Kylian Mbappe.

Cristiano Ronaldo misses in the awards and in the best eleven for the first time in 17 years.

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