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Messi Bags Sixth FIFA Player Of Year Award; Klopp Is Best Coach

Messi Bags Sixth FIFA Player Of Year Award; Klopp Is Best Coach

Argentina and Barcelona captain Lionel Messi has won the Best FIFA Men’s Player for 2019 during the grand
award ceremony at the posh Teatro alla Scala in Milan on Monday night, Completesports.com reports.

With his latest decoration at the FIFA The Best Awards 2019, Messi has won the prestigious honour a record six times, one ahead of Juventus and Portugal talismanic forward, Cristiano Ronaldo who has been so crowned on five occasions.

Messi, Ronaldo and Liverpool Liverpool/ the Netherlands defender, Virgil van Dijk, were the three finalists for the award. And it was the Argentine who mounted the podium to be decorated.

Megan Rapinoe won her first ever Best FIFA Women’s Player of the Year, for being outstanding in the USA’s FIFA Women’s World Cup title feat in July.

Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp, a UEFA Champions League title winner, won the Best FIFA Men’s coach, while Jill Ellis of USA scooped the women’s version of the award


The Best FIFA Men’s Player 2019: Lionel Messi

The Best FIFA Women’s Player 2019: Megan Rapinoe

The Best FIFA Women’s Coach 2019: Jill Ellis

The Best FIFA Men’s Goalkeeper 2019: Alisson Becker

Winner of the FIFA Fair Play Award 2019: Marcelo Bielsa & Leeds United

The Best FIFA Women’s Goalkeeper 2019: Sari van Veenendaal

Winner of the FIFA Fan Award 2019: Silvia Grecco

The Best FIFA Men’s Coach 2019: Jurgen Klopp

Winner of the FIFA #Puskas Award 2019: Daniel Zsori


Alisson Becker (BRA) – Liverpool
Matthijs de Ligt (NED) – Ajax / Juventus
Sergio Ramos (ESP) – Real Madrid
Virgil van Dijk (NED) – Liverpool
Marcelo (BRA) – Real Madrid
Luka Modric (CRO) – Real Madrid
Frenkie de Jong (NED) – Ajax/Barcelona
Eden Hazard (BEL) – Chelsea/ Real Madrid
Cristiano Ronaldo (POR) – Juventus
Kylian Mbappe (FRA) – Paris Saint-Germain
Lionel Messi (ARG) – Barcelona


Sari van Veenendaal (NED) – Arsenal / Atletico Madrid
Lucy Bronze (ENG) – Olympique Lyonnais
Wendie Renard (FRA) – Olympique Lyonnais
Nilla Fischer (SWE) – VfL Wolfsburg / Linkopings
Kelley O’Hara (USA) – Utah Royals
Amandine Henry (FRA) – Olympique Lyonnais
Julie Ertz (USA) – Chicago Red Stars
Rose Lavelle (USA) – Washington Spirit
Megan Rapinoe (USA) – Reign FC
Marta (BRA) – Orlando Pride
Alex Morgan (USA) – Orlando Pride

By Nnamdi Ezekute

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  • Olusegun. B 2 years ago

    SerioUsly !
    This is somethingg else
    For a guy who never won any trophy or accolade for his national team and yet I’d given a world footballer of the year , I’d say screw this award …..

  • Olusegun. B 2 years ago

    Virgil and Ronaldo were more upbeat for both club and country
    Again no Salah for fifpro best player . I laugh
    Just like last year Salah wasn’t picked fr best player 11.
    This year the same
    Is Mmbapw that upbeat than Salah es when he scored the highest goal scorer agaim in the second season in both league and champions league
    Truly this award is crap !

  • It’s a shame! World football politics,,,players from England can never win Fifa Best Player Award. it’s a shame!

  • Agbiase 2 years ago

    Please i ask this question out of ignorance because I’m a bit puzzled by this report. Is this Fifa best player award of Messi the 6th he is winning? I thought it’s his first. I have been under the impression that this award is different from the balon d’or. I know Ronaldo won it twice and Modric had both the Fifa best and the balon d’or. Please Dr Drey and other eminent contributors should educate me, i want my confusion cleared.

    • FatherJP 2 years ago

      You are absolutely spot on! Messi and C. Ronaldo are both tied on 5 apiece in the Fmr FIFA Balon D’or. In 2016, FIFA and France Football terminated the 2010-2015 joint award and each separately awarded theirs. This is actually Messi’s first ‘ FIFA Best Men’ player of the year award as Ronaldo was the inaugural winner in it’s new format. He did won 2016 and 2017 while Modric carted the 2018 gong.

      I am shocked and bemused to read ” Messi gets one over Ronaldo”

      Its actually the other way round as both are tied on the old ‘Francr Football Balon D’or’/’Fifa Balon D’or, whilst Ronaldo edges him 2-1 in the ‘Fifa Best Men’award accordingly!

  • Agbiase 2 years ago

    By the way i was shocked when Messi was announced, i was looking forward to hearing Virgil Van Dyrk’s name to be announced. I wonder how Messi won this above Van Dyrk and Ronald who made more positive contributions for both club and country which should be the criteria.

  • Son Of The Soil 2 years ago

    This award is a scam. Shame on FIFA

  • mr Hush 2 years ago

    I have read so much misunderstanding as it relates to Messi scooping the best prize.
    Although,controversial,we have to see it from FIFA glances.
    I am not an authority as it relates to this award system but I think it is vital we look at the below points before we make our assertions;

    1. The Fifa award is totally different from the ballon d’or.
    Yes.there was a merger between both in recent years,but such merger was suspended.and both went their separate ways.
    2. It must be noted that the ballon d’or is basically owned by the French magazine and tend to focus more on players plying their trade within Europe at that given year which the season ran;and as such the award is up for grabs for such.
    The Fifa award,as the name states,is ran by Fifa and is for the whole world;and such award is given within the year being looked into.
    3. The voting system is different for both ballon d’or and Fifa. Fifa award is basically ran by the votes of different coaches and captains of every national team.

    So with the above points,it would be noted that;
    A. Although Van dijk did well for his club,liverpool winning the champions league;in the year in question his country,Netherlands didn’t really win anything,although they got to the final of the Uefa nations league losing to Ronaldo’s portugal.
    Which brings me to Ronaldo. He won the scudetto and the UEFA nations league.
    Messi just the la liga and didn’t do much with argentina.but he was the top scorer in both la liga and the champions league.

    From all these, if there is any bias,it is against Ronaldo. Since he had two cups to Van dijk and Messi’s one.

    To conclude,i think this year Fifa award is flawed,due to the fact that most captains and coaches voted based on their emotions,they mainly picked who they like as a player,given there wasn’t much to work with..

    That’s just my own thought