Lionel Messi Named FIFA Men's Player of the Year 2022

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Lionel Messi has been crowned the 2022 Best FIFA Men’s Player.

Lionel Messi was named FIFA male player of the year at a ceremony in Paris on Monday on the back of his World Cup triumph with Argentina.

The 35-year-old forward scored two goals in the World Cup final, which Argentina won on penalties against France following a 3-3 draw after extra time.

Receiving the award, he said: "Wow, it's amazing. It's been a tremendous year and it's an honour for me to be here tonight and win this award.

"Without my team-mates I wouldn't be here. I achieved the dream I had been hoping for for so long. Very few people can achieve that and I have been lucky to do so."

Messi beat his Paris Saint-Germain teammate, and World Cup final rival, Kylian Mbappe to the award with Ballon d'Or winner Karim Benzema the other contender to claim the prize.

It is the second time that Messi has won the honor inaugurated by FIFA in 2016 after football's world governing body split from Ballon d'Or organizers France Football.

Spain's Alexia Putellas was named the Best FIFA women's player for 2022.

She is currently recovering from a serious knee injury suffered last July which saw her miss the Euros in England.

Prior to that she had scored 11 goals on Barcelona's run to the Champions League final, which they lost to Lyon.

Cristiano Ronaldo was the first ever winner in 2016. Ronaldo then won again in 2017.

Robert Lewandowski won the award in 2020 and 2021.

The only other previous winner is Luka Modric (2018).

Earlier on Monday night, Barcelona and Spain midfielder Alexia Putellas won The Best FIFA Women's Player award for the second year running.