Messi – FIFA.com
CAIRO, 24 September 2019: Lionel Messi and JurgenKlopp took home the leading honours for The Best FIFA Men’s Player and Men’s Coach respectively, after their outstanding 2018/19 campaigns which saw both scoop silverware and individual accolades galore.
It was a bumper year for the USA as Megan Rapinoe and Jill Ellis were rewarded for their part in the Stars and Stripes’ triumph at the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019™ as The Best FIFA Women’s Player and Women’s Coach respectively.
For 10 years, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo shared the FIFA Best Player of the Year award, until Luka Modric won the award last year.
In the presence of strong competition from the Dutch defender Virgil van Dijk, most expectations went to keep the award away from Messi and Ronaldo rivals, but the surprise was present.
Messi won the award for the sixth time in his remarkable career, beating Ronaldo, who has won five times before.
Messi and Barcelona won La Liga last season, leaving the Champions League semi-final by Liverpool and losing the King's Cup final from Valencia.
The Liverpool manager beat Manchester City's Pep Guardiola and Mauricio Pochettino of Tottenham to the prize after his side won the Champions League and recorded a tally of 97 points in coming second in the Premier League last season.
The FIFA FIFPro Men’s World11 saw a number of new names enter the fray. Alisson made his debut in the ‘dream team’, alongside Dutch trio Matthijs de Ligt, Frenkie de Jong and Virgil van Dijk. The remainder of the side - Marcelo, Sergio Ramos, Eden Hazard, Luka Modric, Cristiano Ronaldo, KylianMbappe and Lionel Messi - retained their place from the 2018 World11. Both star-studded line-ups were elected by thousands of players from across the globe.