FIFA The Best: Messi wins best player award

FIFA The Best: Messi wins best player award

- FIFA The Best award has gone to Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi

- The Argentine forward helped the Catalan club win La Liga title last season

- The 32-year-old also helped Argentine win bronze medal at the 2019 Copa America title

Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi has been crowned FIFA The Best player for the year 2019 after helping his team win La Liga last season.

The Argentine beat Liverpool's Virgil Van Dijk and his arch rival Cristiano Ronaldo to the prestigious award.

Messi failed to lift the Catalans to the Champions League final but went ahead to win the European golden boot at the end of the season.

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Messi clinched his tenth Spanish League title last term while scoring 36 goals and 13 assists in 34 league games last season.

His performances saw him win the Pichinchi and the European golden boots at the end of the season after scoring 54 goals in 58 appearances.

The 32-year-old went further to inspire his country to win bronze medal at the 2019 edition of the Copa America championship in Brazil.

Cristiano Ronaldo, on the other hand, helped Juventus win Serie A and was also named the Italian league's most valuable player just after his first season.

The 34-year-old was the Old Lady's top goalscorer in all competitions and won Italian Super Cup, while lifting the maiden edition of the UEFA Nations League title with Portugal.

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Liverpool star Virgil Van Dijk had an impressive season with the Reds after helping them win the Champions League title last season.

The Dutchman kept 32 clean sheets in all competition and his performance saw him clinch the PFA Players' Player and Premier League Player of the Year.

He played a key role for his country as they reach the final of the UEFA Nations League but lost to Portugal at the end of the fixture.

Meanwhile, US and Reign FC striker Megan Rapinoe won the women's category of the prestigious award.

She led the Stars and Stripes to a second successive FIFA Women’s World Cup triumph at the 2019 edition of the championship staged in France this year.

She beat compatriot Alex Morgan and England star Lucy Bronze to emerge the best player in the world in the women's category.

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