Messi beats Ronaldo & Van Dijk to win FIFA Player of the Year

Lionel Messi has been adjudged The Best FIFA Men's Player at this year's award ceremony.


The Barcelona star beats Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk and Juventus' Cristiano Ronaldo to scoop the prize.

Messi was on course for a historic season but Barcelona suffered defeats in the Champions League semi-final and the Copa del Rey final.

But those disappointments didn’t take away from what was a brilliant individual season for the Argentinian.

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.


His competitors for the award Ronaldo and Virgil van Dijk also had a good season.

The Portuguese scored 21 goals as Juventus won the Serie A, while Portugal emerged champions of the UEFA Nations League.

Van Dijk was a pillar at the Liverpool defence as helped protected their goal area in their UEFA Champions League triumph. The Reds also lost the Premier League to Man City by a point, the Dutch defender in the thick of event.

He also produced a standout performance as the Netherlands finished runners-up in the UEFA Nations League.

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