The Argentinian and FC Barcelona’s striker Lionel Messi has bagged the Men's Player of the Year award, while American Megan Rapinoe, who led the US women's team to this year's World Cup victory, has been named Women's Player of the Year at the annual Best FIFA Football Awards on Monday.
Lionel Messi and Jurgen Klopp took home the leading honors for The Best FIFA Men’s Player and Men’s Coach, respectively, after their outstanding 2018/19 campaigns.
Rapinoe and Jill Ellis were rewarded for their part at the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019 as The Best FIFA Women’s Player and Women’s Coach, respectively.
Sari van Veenendaal was named The Best FIFA Women’s Goalkeeper, joining her counterpart Alisson who picked up Best FIFA Men’s Goalkeeper award.
There was recognition of a women’s ‘dream team’ for the first time at The Best FIFA Football Awards, with FIFA and FIFPro combining for the first time to honor the FIFA FIFPro Women’s World11.
The FIFA Fair Play Award was taken home by Marcelo Bielsa and the Leeds United squad, after the Argentinean coach and his team ultimately sacrificed his team’s advancement in order to uphold the values of fair play: instructing his Leeds United team to allow for an equalizer after his side had gone 1-0 up with an opposition player down with an injury.
The Best, in full:
Men’s Player: Lionel Messi
Women’s Player: Megan Rapinoe
Men’s Coach: Jurgen Klopp
Women’s Coach: Jill Ellis
Men’s Goalkeeper: Alisson
Women’s Goalkeeper: Sari van Veenendaal
Puskás Award: Daniel Zsori
Fan Award: Silvia Grecco
Fair Play Award: Marcelo Bielsa
Men’s World11: Alisson, Matthijs de Ligt, Marcelo, Sergio Ramos, Virgil van Dijk, Frenkie de Jong, Eden Hazard, Luka Modric, Cristiano Ronaldo, Kylian Mbappe, Lionel Messi
Women’s World11: Sari van Veenendaal, Lucy Bronze, Nilla Fischer, Kelley O’Hara, Wendie Renard, Julie Ertz, Amandine Henry, Rose Lavelle, Marta, Alex Morgan, Megan Rapinoe