Lionel Messi beats Virgil van Dijk and Cristiano Ronaldo to FIFA’s Best Men’s Player Award

Lionel Messi beats Virgil van Dijk and Cristiano Ronaldo to FIFA’s Best Men’s Player Award
Football

Barcelona’s Lionel Messi has been named men’s player of the year at the Best FIFA Football Awards for a record sixth time.

Messi picked up the accolade, which comes after a 2018-19 season in which he scored 51 goals for his club, in Milan on Monday night.

Lionel Messi has won the FIFA best men’s player award for a sixth time

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Lionel Messi has won the FIFA best men’s player award for a sixth time

Messi, 32, beat off competition from Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk and Juventus ace Cristiano Ronaldo to land the prestigious Best Men’s Player award.

The 32-year-old Argentine helped Barcelona win La Liga and reach the semi-finals of the Champions League.

Real Madrid playmaker Luka Modric pipped Ronaldo to the award last year with 29.05 per cent of the votes, with Mohamed Salah third in the standings.

Elsewhere, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp was named men’s coach of the year.

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

The German led the Reds to a sixth European crown last season, as well as guiding them to a second-place finish in the Premier League.