The Best FIFA Football Awards™

The Best FIFA Football Awards™

Monday 23 September 2019, Milan

The Best FIFA Men's Player

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The Best FIFA Men's Player Award Winner Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona and Argentina poses with the trophy
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In a glittering and superlative career to date, there are few personal accolades and records that Lionel Messi has not won. One that had eluded him was the title of The Best FIFA Men’s Player – until this year. After a magnificent domestic campaign which saw the evergreen Argentinean once more helped his side to the Spanish La Liga title, the tenth of his career, he also claimed the European Golden Shoe for the sixth time after netting 36 league goals in 2018/19. His remarkable goalscoring record did not hinder his ability to help his team-mates, with La Pulga registering the most La Liga assists (13) throughout the campaign.

His brilliance also helped the Blaugrana to the UEFA Champions League semi-finals and the Copa Del Rey final while he played his part in Argentina’s third-place finish at the Copa America. It may have taken four attempts, but Messi is now The Best.

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The Finalists
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Cristiano Ronaldo
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Cristiano Ronaldo

Helped Juventus win Serie A and named league's Most Valuable Player

Finished as club's top goalscorer in all competitions & won Italian Super Cup

Helped Portugal win UEFA Nations League as top goalscorer in the Nations League Finals

Cristiano Ronaldo
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Virgil van Dijk
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Virgil van Dijk

Won UEFA Champions League

Named PFA Players' Player and Premier League Player of the Year

Helped Netherlands to UEFA Nations League final

Virgil van Dijk
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Frenkie de Jong
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Frenkie de Jong

Won domestic league and cup double

Reached semi-finals of UEFA Champions League

Named Eredivisie Player of the Season

Frenkie de Jong
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Matthijs de Ligt
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Matthijs de Ligt

Won domestic league and cup double

Reached semi-finals of UEFA Champions League

Named in Eredivisie and UEFA Champions League squads of the season

Matthijs de Ligt
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Harry Kane
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Harry Kane

Helped Tottenham Hotspur reach their first UEFA Champions League final

Scored 17 Premier League goals in 28 appearances for Spurs 

UEFA Nations League semi-finalist with England

Harry Kane
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Eden Hazard
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Eden Hazard

Won UEFA Europa League with Chelsea

Club’s top goalscorer in all competitions

Named PFA Fans’ Player of the Year

Eden Hazard
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Sadio Mane
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Sadio Mane

Won UEFA Champions League

Joint top-scorer in Premier League

Helped Senegal to CAF Africa Cup of Nations final

Sadio Mane
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Kylian Mbappe
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Kylian Mbappe

Helped side win Ligue 1 and Trophee des Champions

Club’s top goalscorer in all competitions in 2018/19

Ligue 1 top goalscorer, named league’s Player of the Year

Kylian Mbappe
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Mohamed Salah
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Mohamed Salah

Won UEFA Champions League

Club’s top goalscorer in all competitions in 2018/19

Joint top-scorer in Premier League

Mohamed Salah
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