Messi beat van Dijk, Ronaldo to win FIFA Best Player Award

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Lionel Messi beat Virgil van Dijk and Cristiano Ronaldo to win the FIFA best men’s player award.

Messi scored more league goals than anyone else in Europe last season, with 36 goals as he helped his club side(Barcelona) to win another La Liga title.

It is also the sixth time the 32-year-old has claimed the award, now seeing him move one ahead of rival Cristiano Ronaldo.

It was the second award of the night for the Lionel Messi, who was also included in the men’s team of the 2018-19 season – as voted for by their fellow professionals.

Who did Ronaldo and Messi vote for?

FIFA has revealed the breakdown of the vote, with some interesting surprises among the selections.

Messi voted for Liverpool winger, Sadio Mane and had Ronaldo as his second pick, but Ronaldo did not return the favor, omitting Messi from his top three while opting for Juventus team-mate Matthijs de Ligt as his first option.