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FIFA awards 2022: Lionel Messi wins ‘Best FIFA player of 2022’

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FIFA awards 2022

Argentina’s Lionel Messi has bagged the Best FIFA men’s player prize for 2022. Messi outclassed his Paris Saint Germain (PSG) teammate Kylian Mbappe and Real Madrid captain Karim Benzema to lift the famous trophy at Salle Pleyel in Paris. In the FIFA Awards vote, Messi had 52 points, Mbappé 44, and Benzema 34. It is the second time that Messi has won the honour inaugurated by FIFA in 2016.

Messi was named the winner of the Best FIFA Men’s Player award for his outstanding performances in men’s football from the period of 8 August 2021 to 18 December 2022. Equalling Cristiano Ronaldo and Robert Lewandowski’s massive feat at the FIFA awards.

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Messi recorded his first appearance at the FIFA gala back in 2007. The former Barcelona captain had finished second behind Kaka in the FIFA World Player of the Year standings at the time. Fifteen years later, Messi was named the FIFA player of the year for the seventh time on Tuesday in Paris. One of the most decorated players in the history of the beautiful game, Messi has now won the FIFA World Player of the Year title in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2019 and 2023.

Full list of winners at FIFA awards:

Category Winner
The Best FIFA Men’s Player 2022 Lionel Messi (PSG/Argentina)
The Best FIFA Women’s Player 2022 Alexia Putellas (Barcelona/Spain)
The Best FIFA Men’s Coach 2022 Lionel Scaloni (Argentina)
The Best FIFA Women’s Coach 2022 Sarina Wiegman (England)
 The Best FIFA Men’s Goalkeeper 2022 Emiliano Martínez (Aston Villa/Argentina)
 The Best FIFA Women’s Goalkeeper 2022 Mary Earps (England/Manchester United)
FIFA Puskas Award for the most spectacular goal in 2022 Marcin Oleksy (POL/Warta Poznan)
FIFA Fan Award 2022 Argentinian fans
FIFA Fair Play Award 2022 Luka Lochoshvili

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