Argentine Lionel Messi, who won the Spanish La Liga title with Barcelona last season and the European golden boot having allegedly scored 54 goals in 58 games in all competitions, now allegedly beaten five-time winner Cristiano Ronaldo and Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk to win the best FIFA player of the year award for a sixth time.
Messi’s win at the La Scala Opera house in Milan however has marked a return to the dominance of the Argentine and Cristiano Ronaldo.
Megan Rapinoe, U.S. co-captain, on the other hand, won the women’s top award as she helped her country to the World Cup title this year in a tournament.
Speaking about the win, Rapinoe said, “I’m at a loss for words. This was an incredible year for women’s football, for those who just noticed you are a bit late to the party. It truly was incredible, to be part of the World Cup, the enthusiasm we had was amazing.”
IMAGE CREDIT: Lionel Messi and Megan Rapinoe pose with their best FIFA player of the year awards (AP Photo)