Lionel Messi has beaten Virgil van Dijk and Cristiano Ronaldo to the Best FIFA Men’s Player of the Year award.
Messi scored 54 goals in 58 games – a strike every 86 minutes – as he helped guide his side to the LaLiga title and a spot in the Champions League semi-finals, while also playing a key part in Barca’s run to the Copa del Rey final.
Juventus forward Ronaldo was also nominated alongside Liverpool’s Van Dijk, who was imperious at the back for the Reds as they won the Champions League and racked up a club-record 97 points in the Premier League.
Earlier in the ceremony in Milan, however, Liverpool did get recognition for their Champions League-winning season, with Jurgen Klopp winning the award for best coach of the year and Alisson being named the best goalkeeper of the year.
In addition, Alisson and Van Dijk were also named in the FIFA FIFPro Men’s World 11 alongside Messi, whose scoop of the best player of the year award is the sixth time he has picked up the gong.
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Alongside Alisson between the sticks and Van Dijk, the defence featured Juventus’ Matthijs de Ligt and Real Madrid duo Marcelo and Sergio Ramos.
In midfield, Luka Modric was partnered by Frenkie de Jong and Eden Hazard, while in attack Messi joined Ronaldo and Paris Saint-Germain’s Kylian Mbappe.