Argentina and Paris Saint-Germain’s (PSG) football star Lionel Andres Messi has been awarded the FIFA Best Men’s Player for this year, after leading the Argentine team to victory at the 2022 World Cup.
This is the second time the 35-year-old has won this prestigious award in his career, after beating his PSG team-mate Kylian Mbappe and Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema. Messi was a great inspiration for the Argentine team who claimed their third World Cup title in December 2022, after he provided 7 goals with three assists at the tournament.
“It’s amazing. It’s an honour for me to be here tonight and win this award, without my teammates I wouldn’t be here. It was an amazing year and I achieved the dream that I’ve been hoping for so long and finally, I managed to achieve it,” said Lionel Messi.
The seventh-time French Ballon D’or winner has also been in great form at Paris Saint-Germain this season, scoring 17 goals in all competitions, and has reached a milestone of 700 career goals, after he scored against harsh rivals Marseille over the weekend. Messi was also among the FIFAPro World XI for the 16th consecutive year, setting a new outright record, of the most ever.
The glorious Argentina team in the 2022 World Cup in Qatar dominated the FIFA Men’s Best awards as the man between the posts, Emiliano Martinez clinched the FIFA Best Men’s Goalkeeper ahead of Morocco’s Yassine Bounou, alongside Belgian international, Thibaut Courtois’, also on the touchline, Argentina’s head coach Lionel Scaloni won the FIFA men’s coach of the year, ahead of Carlo Ancelotti and Manchester City’s Pep Guardiola.
The Argentina fans who travelled to Qatar and provided invisible support in their campaign to ultimately won the 2022 FIFA World Cup and millions of fans that welcomed their heroes home to Buenos Aires were awarded the 2023 FIFA Best Fans Award.