Best FIFA Men’s Player Award confirms Messi supremacy – Independent Observers

Best FIFA Men’s Player Award confirms Messi supremacy

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By Kunle Adedoyin

Argentina and Barcelona superstar, Lionel Messi, has been voted as the winner of the 2019 Best FIFA Men’s Player Award, after amassing more votes over his perennial rival, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Netherland’s Virgil van Dijk.

Van Dijk was seen as the favourite by many after he won the Champions League with Liverpool last season.

However, Messi also had a splendid season in which he scored 51 goals in 50 games on the way to winning the La Liga title with Barcelona.

Ronald was conspicuously absent at the awards ceremony.

Liverpool fans were consoled of Van Dijk’s loss as Jurgen Klopp took home the award for the Men’s Best Coach while Alisson Becker picked up The Best FIFA Men’s Goalkeeper award.

The Reds followed up with spots for Van Dijk and obviously Alisson on the XI.

It was a bumper year for the USA Women football as Megan Rapinoe and Jill Ellis were rewarded for their latest triumph at the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019 as The Best FIFA Women’s Player and Women’s Coach respectively.

Sari van Veenendaal of Netherland was named the winner of the inaugural The Best FIFA Women’s Goalkeeper.

The Best FIFA Football Awards, with FIFA and FIFPro combined, for the first time to honour the FIFA FIFPro Women’s World11.

The recipients of the inaugural award include van Veenendaal joined by USA stars Kelley O’Hara, Julie Ertz, Rose Lavelle, Alex Morgan and Megan Rapinoe as well as French duo Wendie Renard and Amandine Henry, Brazilian legend Marta, England’s outstanding performer Lucy Bronze and Swedish rock Nilla Fischer.

Quite surprisingly, Premier League champions Manchester City had no representation on FIFA’s The Best XI, which conversely included four Real Madrid players.

Full list of nominees and winners:

  • Best FIFA Men’s Player:

Cristiano Ronaldo

Lionel Messi – WINNER!

Virgil van Dijk

  • Best FIFA Women’s Player

Lucy Bronze

Alex Morgan

Megan Rapinoe – WINNER!

  • Best FIFA Men’s Coach

Pep Guardiola

Jurgen Klopp – WINNER!

Mauricio Pochettino

  • Best FIFA Women’s Coach

Jill Ellis – WINNER!

Phil Neville

Sarina Wiegman

  • FIFA Puskas Award

Lionel Messi

Juan Fernando Quintero

Daniel Zsori – WINNER!

  • Best FIFA Men’s Goalkeeper

Alisson Becker – WINNER!

Ederson

Marc-Andre ter Stegen

  • Best FIFA Women’s Goalkeeper

Christiane Endler

Hedwig Lindahl

Sari van Veenendaal – WINNER!

  • FIFA Fan Award

Silvia Grecco – WINNER!

Justo Sanchez

Netherlands fans

  • FIFPro Men’s World XI

Alisson Becker (BRA) – Liverpool

Matthijs de Ligt (NED) – Ajax / Juventus

Sergio Ramos (ESP) – Real Madrid

Virgil van Dijk (NED) – Liverpool

Marcelo (BRA) – Real Madrid

Luka Modric (CRO) – Real Madrid

Frenkie de Jong (NED) – Ajax/Barcelona

Eden Hazard (BEL) – Chelsea/ Real Madrid

Cristiano Ronaldo (POR) – Juventus

Kylian Mbappe (FRA) – Paris Saint-Germain

Lionel Messi (ARG) – Barcelona

  • FIFPro Women’s World XI

Sari van Veenendaal (NED) – Arsenal / Atletico Madrid

Lucy Bronze (ENG) – Olympique Lyonnais

Wendie Renard (FRA) – Olympique Lyonnais

Nilla Fischer (SWE) – VfL Wolfsburg / Linkopings

Kelley O’Hara (USA) – Utah Royals

Amandine Henry (FRA) – Olympique Lyonnais

Julie Ertz (USA) – Chicago Red Stars

Rose Lavelle (USA) – Washington Spirit

Megan Rapinoe (USA) – Reign FC

Marta (BRA) – Orlando Pride

Alex Morgan (USA) – Orlando Pride

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