Messi Wins 2019 FIFA Men’s Player Of The Year Award

Argentine and Barcelona forward, Lionel Messi, on Monday created history as he won The Best FIFA men’s 2019 player of the year award.

 

The Argentina striker was announced as the winner of the award ahead of Juventus and Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo and Liverpool and Dutch centre-back, Virgil van Dijk, at the Teatro alla Scala in the Italian city of Milan.

The win is the sixth time that Messi has won the award, the most ever by any player.

The Barcelona captain won the award in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2015.

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

Also, Megan Rapinoe of the United States was crowned as The Best FIFA women’s 2019 player of the year.

The US co-captain pipped teammate and fellow co-captain, Alex Morgan, and England’s Lucy Bronze to the award.

Rapinoe played an integral role in the US women’s national team as they won the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France.

In the managerial category, Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp won The Best FIFA men’s coach of the year award.

The German coach edged out fellow tacticians, Pep Guardiola of Manchester City and Mauricio Pochettino of Tottenham to claim the award.

He led his Liverpool team to win the 2019 UEFA Champions League and were only a point behind the eventual champions, Manchester City, in the Premier League.

Jill Ellis, manager of the US women’s national team, won The Best FIFA women’s coach of the year award.

The 2019 women’s world-cup winning manager defeated England’s Phil Neville and Netherlands’ Sarina Wiegman to clinch the gong.

Liverpool goalkeeper, Alisson, was also a winner as he took the best goalkeeper prize ahead of Manchester City’s Ederson and Barcelona’s Marc-Andre ter Stegen.

Leeds United boss, Marcelo Bielsa, won the fair play award after he ordered his team to allow Aston Villa to score an uncontested equaliser during their 1-1 draw in their Championship match in April.

Eighteen-year-old Daniel Zsori won the Puskas award for the best goal with his spectacular 93rd-minute overhead kick for Debrecen against Ferencvaros, just after he came on as a substitute for his Hungarian league debut in February.

His strike beat Messi’s chip from the edge of the penalty area against Real Betis and Juan Quintero’s powerful 30-yard free-kick for River Plate against Racing Club.

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