Argentine star Lionel Messi was crowned the best player in the world during the “The Best” awards ceremony organized by the International Federation of Association Football (FIFA), while Spanish coach Pep Guardiola of Manchester City won the best coach award at the ceremony held in London in the presence of a group of The best past and current players.
Messi, the American Inter Miami player, won the title after competing with City striker Erling Haaland and Paris Saint-Germain striker Kylian Mbappe.
Brazilian Ederson, City’s goalkeeper, won the best goalkeeper award, ahead of Thibaut Courtois, Real Madrid’s goalkeeper, and Yassine Bounou, Al-Hilal’s Saudi goalkeeper.
Messi wins by a narrow margin
This is the third time that Messi, who is 36 years old, has won the title of best player since the award was launched in 2016, as he won the title in the previous two years, 2019 and 2022.
Messi moved to Inter Miami, a competitor in the American Football League, in June of last year, coming from Paris Saint-Germain, where he scored nine goals for Paris Saint-Germain and won the French League title for the first time.
After moving to the United States, he scored 10 goals in seven matches in which he played with Inter Miami and helped his team win the American and Mexican League Cup in August 2023.
As for Haaland, last season he scored a record 36 goals in the English Premier League in all competitions of the 2022-2023 season, and gave his team a record with 52 goals, including 28 goals after the World Cup, in addition to two other goals this season before August 20. .
While the French player Mbappé won the French League title last year with his team, Paris Saint-Germain, and won the Golden Boot for the fifth time in a row.
Mbappe, 25 years old, scored 18 goals for his French club during the period from December 19, 2022 to August 20, 2023, which is the period that was approved for evaluation to award FIFA awards.
The award is awarded based on votes from national team players, captains, journalists and fans on the FIFA website, each representing 25% of the total votes to determine the winners.
Messi and Haaland got the same number of points, but Messi won by a margin of votes from the national team leaders.
Among the national team leaders who voted for Messi were Harry Kane, Mbappe, Mohamed Salah, Andy Robertson, Aaron Ramsey and Luka Modric, while Ilkay Gundogan and Casemiro voted for Haaland, for whom Messi also voted.
England coach Gareth Southgate voted for Haaland, while Wales’ Robert Page and Scotland’s Steve Clarke voted for Messi.
FIFA’s “The Best” awards generally cover an entire calendar year, and differ from the Ballon d’Or awards, which reflect performance over the course of a sporting season.
However, this year, the men’s and Puskas Award categories are based on the period from 19 December 2022 to 20 August 2023, because the World Cup held in Qatar was included in last year’s FIFA ceremony.
Six Manchester City players are in the squad for the Team of the Year
The FIFA ceremony began last night with the Men’s Coach of the Year award, with Pep Guardiola winning it ahead of Luciano Spalletti and Simone Inzaghi.
Coach Spalletti led Napoli to win the Italian First Division for the first time in 33 years.
Inzaghi was also nominated after he led Inter Milan to win the Italian Cup, and led the team to the Champions League final against Manchester City, but they lost the match 1-0.
Six Manchester City players were chosen to be in the ideal squad for this year’s best team, namely defenders John Stones, Kyle Walker and Ruben Dias, midfielders Bernardo Silva and Kevin De Bruyne, and striker Haaland.
The City team had won the Premier League, Champions League and FA Cup treble in the 2022-2023 season.
Real Madrid and England midfielder Jude Bellingham was also chosen as the only English player selected in the team from outside the City team.
The ideal lineup for this year’s men’s team included: Thibaut Courtois (Real Madrid), John Stones, Kyle Walker, Ruben Dias, Bernardo Silva (all Manchester City), Jude Bellingham (Real Madrid), Kevin De Bruyne and Erling Haaland (both Manchester City), Killian. Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain), Lionel Messi (Inter Miami), Vinicius Junior (Real Madrid).
The player Ruben Dias praised his coach Guardiola and said: “He is strong, and in the end he makes you play football in a way that no one else can do, and somehow through this strength he gets the best results from everyone. You can have different personalities as a coach, but The person you want is the person who brings out the best in you.”
For his part, Guardiola commented on the result and said, “Thank you very much to our players for what they have done together for eight years. Thank you very much for this amazing journey.”
Brighton player Enciso will miss the Puskas Award
As for the Puskas Award, which is named after the legendary Hungarian player Ferenc Puskas, it is decided by sports pundits.
Brighton midfielder Julio Enciso was a strong candidate to win the Puskas Award, which is given to the player who scored the best goal, but the award went to Brazilian player Guilherme Madruga, who plays for the Brazilian team Botafogo, after scoring a stunning overhead kick from a long distance.
Enciso was one of three nominations for the Puskas Award, after scoring a stunning goal from long range in the Seagulls’ 1-1 draw at home to Manchester City on May 23.
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