Good morning to you all, let’s check out the FIFA The Best Awards as claimed by different individuals last night…
It’s no longer news that Barcelona talisman Lionel Messi claimed the FIFA best men’s player of the year beating Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk and Juventus’ Cristiano Ronaldo who finished second and third respectively.
According to reports, Lionel Messi voted for Sadio Mane, Cristiano Ronaldo and Frenkie de Jong while Cristiano Ronaldo voted for Matthijs de Ligt, Frenkie de Jong and Kylian Mbappe and Virgil van Dijk voted for Lionel Messi, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane.
In the women’s category, Megan Rapinoe claimed the award for the first time in her career after beating USA teammate Alex Morgan and English star Lucy Bronze.
Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker won the FIFA best goalkeeper of the year following his performance to help the Reds win the Champions League as well as help Brazil win Copa America.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp was also named the Best FIFA men’s coach of the year, beating Tottenham’s Mauricio Pochettino and Manchester City’s Pep Guardiola.
Leeds United and Marcelo Bielsa claimed the FIFA fair play award thanks to their heart of sportsmanship against Aston Villa in a championship match earlier this year. They allowed Villa to equalise in a crucial game that could secure them Premier League promotion towards the end of last season. The match ended 1-1 and this allowed Sheffield United to secure the automatic promotion and hence Leeds United had to play playoff which they eventually didn’t manage to secure a Premier League promotion but ironically Aston Villa did.
USWNT coach Jill Ellis who manages the USA women’s national team won the Best FIFA women’s coach of the year.
Netherlands goalkeeper Sari van Veenendaal secured the Best FIFA women’s goalkeeper of the year.
The Puskas award was claimed by 18-year old Hungarian star Daniel Zsori after beat Lionel Messi and Juan Fernando Quintero who were also nominated.
The FIFPRO women’s 11 are as follows…
Sari van Veenendaal, Lucy Bronze, Wendie Renard, Kelly O’Hara, Julie Ertz, Rose Lavelle, Nilla Fischer, Megan Rapinoe, Amandine Henry, Alex Morgan and Marta.
To the FIFPRO men’s 11 of the year….
Alisson Becker, Virgil van Dijk, Matthijs de Ligt, Sergio Ramos, Marcelo, Luka Modric, Frenkie de Jong, Eden Hazard, Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Kylian Mbappe.
That was it for last night and the next award ceremony expected will be the Ballon d’Or later in the year.
Have a wonderful day ahead.