‘The Greatest Ever’ – Players, Fans Hail Messi after 6th Fifa Best Player Award

Lionel Messi won the Fifa Men’s Player of the Year award on Monday with Megan Rapinoe bagging the women’s prize to cap a historic year for the United States’ World Cup icon.

Barcelona forward Messi edged out Virgil Van Dijk, who won the Uefa player’s award last month after helping Liverpool to the Champions League last season.

Juventus’s forward Cristiano Ronaldo had also been shortlisted for the award, but did not attend the ceremony as he lost out to his rival in the famous La Scala opera house.

Messi, 32, was top scorer in the Champions League last season with 12 goals before Barcelona were dumped out by Liverpool in the semifinals, the Catalans throwing away a three-goal first-leg lead with a humiliating 4-0 defeat at Anfield.

The Argentine also won the European Golden Shoe after scoring 36 goals, won La Liga title with Barcelona and helped Argentina to bronze at 2019 Copa America.

Van Dijk had been bidding to become just the second defender – after Italian Fabio Cannavaro in 2006 – to be recognised by Fifa as the world’s best player.

Following the latest record-breaking feat for the talismanic Argentine, lovers of the beautiful game took to twitter to hail his unmatched mastery and longevity.


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