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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.

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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.

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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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