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Messi wins best FIFA men’s player

Lionel Messi has been named the men’s player of the year at the 2022 Best Fifa Awards.

35-year-old Messi beat French forwards Kylian Mbappe and Karim Benzema to the prize.

Argentina captain Messi won World Cup glory in Qatar, and scored 27 goals in 49 games for club and country in 2021/22.

While the women’s player of the year award went to Barcelona’s Alexia Putellas.

Messi, who won the award for a second time, said: “It’s amazing. It’s been a tremendous year and it’s an honour for me to be here and win this award. Without my team-mates I wouldn’t be here.

At the ceremony in Paris, Lionel Scaloni,who led Argentina to their third World Cup title, was named men’s coach of the year.

Scaloni beat Pep Guardiola who guided Manchester City to a sixth Premier League title and Real Madrid’s Champions League-winning boss Carlo Ancelotti to the honour.

Full list of winners:

The Best men’s player: Lionel Messi

The Best women’s player: Alexia Putellas

The Best men’s goalkeeper: Emiliano Martinez

The Best women’s goalkeeper: Mary Earps

The Best men’s coach: Lionel Scaloni

The Best women’s coach: Sarina Wiegman

The Best Puskas award: Marcin Oleksy

The Best fan award: Argentina fans

The Best fair play award: Luka Lochoshvili.

Writing by Tersoo Nicholas; Editing by Adeniyi Bakare