Lionel Messi wins FIFA’s best men’s player award
World Cup champion Lionel Messi was named FIFA’s best men’s footballer of 2022 at a ceremony in Paris on Monday. Meanwhile, US women’s national team star Alex Morgan finished second to Spain’s Alexia Putellas for the 2022 women’s award.
Messi has now won the men’s award for the second time (the first since 2019), while Putellas has won the women’s award for the second consecutive year.
Messi has finally won his first World Cup, handing Argentina its first world championship since 1986, all the while cementing his status as arguably the greatest player ever. The 2022 tournament was Messi’s record fifth World Cup appearance.
The best player of the team Argentina defeated in the World Cup final, Kylian Mbappé, finished second in voting for the men’s award, while Karim Benzema – the 2022 Ballon d’Or winner – finished third.