the triumph of Lionel Messi

Haloed by his very recent title of world champion with Argentina, Lionel Messi was crowned best player of the year 2022 during the presentation of the “Fifa Best” trophies on Monday in Paris.

The PSG star was the big favorite of the evening organized at Salle Pleyel and he logically won the favor of the jury, made up of coaches, national team captains and journalists, a panel supplemented by a public vote on the internet.

By finally lifting the World Cup last December in Qatar, the seven-time Ballon d’Or (35) added a major line to an already exceptional record, joining the legend of icon Diego Maradona.

What to make the difference against the other two named, the two French attackers Kylian Mbappé, yet top scorer in the World Cup (8 goals) and author of a historic hat-trick in the final, and Karim Benzema, main architect of the 14th Champions League of the Real Madrid.

Messi thus succeeds the Polish Robert Lewandowski, awarded in 2020 and 2021, and receives this distinction for the 3rd time in his career after 2009 and 2019.

“It’s absolutely wonderful, it’s a pleasure to be on such a list alongside Benzema and Kylian who has had an immense year,” the ex-Barcelonian said on stage. It is an honor to be rewarded. This year was a year of madness, I was able to fulfill my dream. This is the best thing that happened to me. It’s every gamer’s dream. “.

– The double for Putellas –
The ceremony turned into a triumph for the Argentines since the “Pulga” was not the only albiceleste to be honored. His coach Lionel Scaloni, who extended his contract on Monday until 2026, beat the Italian Carlo Ancelotti, winner of the C1 with Real Madrid, and the Spaniard Pep Guardiola (Manchester City).

Emiliano Martinez won the award for best goalkeeper. The goalkeeper, who distinguished himself with decisive saves during the penalty shootout of the World Cup final against France (3-3 ap, 4-2 pens), obviously did not suffered from his obscene celebration at the end of the match, when receiving his trophy for best goalkeeper of the tournament, and from his numerous provocations, in particular with regard to Mbappé, during the parties organized in Argentina on the return of the selection .

This raid, however, did not result in the eleven of the year in which there is only one Argentinian, Lionel Messi, France with two representatives, Kylian Mbappé and Karim Benzema.

The Moroccan defender of Paris SG Achraf Hakimi is in this eleven.

Among the ladies, the English, European champions in 2022, did not succeed in the Grand Slam like the Argentines. The Spaniard Alexia Putellas, double Ballon d’Or and defending champion, beat the pawn to the striker of the Lionesses Beth Mead, the coach Sarina Wiegman and the goalkeeper Mary Earps saving the honor of the English.

The evening was the occasion for a tribute to King Pelé, who died on December 29. Fifa President Gianni Infantino presented a special award to the widow of the three-time world champion alongside Brazilian Ronaldo.

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