Lionel Messi beat Van Dijk and Ronaldo to win the Best FIFA Men’s Player of the Year award for 2018-19 season
The GOAT Lionel Messi won the Best FIFA Men’s Player of the Year award for the record 6th time in his career.
The 32-year-old Argentine footballer wins the Best player award by beating star footballer Cristiano Ronaldo and Liverpool’s Virgil Van Dijk.
In FIFA Men’s Player of the Year award category for 2018-19 season, Lionel Messi got the highest 46 points followed by Virgil Van Dijk (38) and Ronaldo (36).
Since 2015, this was Messi’s first major individual award. In 2015, Messi had won Balon d’Or.
Messi’s performance in 2018-19 season
In this season, the 32-year-old Barca forward led his team FC Barcelona to win La Liga title. This was his 10th La Liga title with Barcelona. In 50 matches, Messi has scored 51 goals for the club.
After winning the Men’s player of the year award for the 6th time, Messi said, “It has been a long time without winning an individual prize. It is good to have this award”.
Why FIFA ignored Van Dijk’s magnificent performance
Virgil Van Dijk who has won UEFA Player of the year and defender of the season, a few days ago lost here by Lionel Messi. Van Dijk got a total of 38 points (8 points less than Messi). The 28-year-old defender, played brilliant football last season and made his mark in the football universe.
Virgil Van Dijk had helped Liverpool to win Champions League last season. In this Champions League final, he was awarded as Man of the match. He also played brilliant football in Premier League’s last season.
After the FIFA 2019 award ceremony, Van Dijk said, “I am happy to be here and also in a team of the year”.
Fans reactions on Messi’s win over Van Dijk
Messi and Ronaldo’s fan following is unmatchable in the football universe but this
Most of the football fans showed their anger on twitter as Virgil Van Dijk was their choice as the more deserving candidate this year. Not only was Van Dijk the centrepiece of Liverpool’s to Champions League victory, and the Man of the Match, he was also Premier League’s player of the season