The Argentina and Barcelona Lionel Messi won the best men’s player at the Best Fifa Football Awards defeated Netherlands and Liverpool defender Virgil Van Dijk and Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal/Juventus
It is the sixth time Messi has been voted the world’s best, after wins 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.
The award show, in it’s second year of operation awarded the price of Best Men’s player to the Argentine who won the Spanish League with Barcelona but was ousted in the Champions League by Liverpool. He also helped his nation in Copa America but didn’t come out with major honours.
All three players were shortlisted following their respective achievements in 2018/19.
He netted 51 goals in 49 appearances in all competitions – it certainly wasn’t his fault that the Blaugrana blew a 3-0 advantage against Liverpool.
The Portuguese added a Serie A winner’s medal to his Premier League and La Liga medals, scoring 21 goals as Juventus won an eighth consecutive title.
Van Dijk helped Liverpool win the Champions League for the sixth time in history, while Messi and Ronaldo won league titles with Barcelona and Juventus respectively.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp was named men’s coach of the year after a season in which they beat Tottenham 2-0 to lift the Champions League.