Messi beats Mbappe to best FIFA males's participant award

Lionel Messi was named best FIFA males’s participant at a ceremony in Paris on Monday, beating Paris Saint-Germain teammate Kylian Mbappe and exact Madrid‘s Karim Benzema.

Messi obtained the 2022 World Cup with Argentina in December — the nation’s first in 36 years — ending his look forward to the one primary honour to have eluded him in his profession.

Barcelona’s Putellas wins best FIFA ladies’s participant

“it is fantastic. It was an unbelievable yr and it is an honour for me to be right here tonight and win this award,” said Messi, who sat subsequent to Mbappe all through the ceremony on the Salle Pleyel.

Monday’s award was Messi’s second FIFA the proper title, his first coming in 2019. He has additionally obtained a report seven Ballon d’Or awards.

“i would like to exact my as a consequence of of [coach Lionel] Scaloni and my teammates; with out them i wouldn’t be right here,” Messi added.

“I achieved a dream I had been hoping for thus prolonged and at final I achieved it. it is a dream for any participant; solely a few people can obtain that and that i used to be fortunate enough to take movement.”

Messi scored seven targets on the World Cup in Qatar — collectively with a brace inside the thrilling three-three remaining victory on penalties — ending one behind Golden Boot winner Mbappe.

Messi has scored sixteen targets in 27 video games in all competitions this season, as properly as to registering 14 assists, as he chases his second Ligue 1 title in two years at PSG.

Barcelona’s Alexia Putellas obtained the proper FIFA ladies’s award for the second yr working, whereas Argentina’s Scaloni and Emiliano Martinez bought the honours for extreme males’s coach and goalkeeper, respectively.

amongst the various completely different ladies’s winners, Mary Earps was named keeper of the yr and England‘s Dutch coach Sarina Wiegman obtained the accolade for best coach.

Polish amputee Marcin Oleksy obtained the Puskas prize for best aim of the yr for a spectacular acrobatic volley with Warta Poznan in direction of Stal Rzeszow.

information from Reuters was used on this story.


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