Lionel Messi has won The Best FIFA Men’s Player for a staggering seventh time.
“It was a crazy year for me,” Messi said. “I could fulfil my (World Cup) dream after fighting for it for so long. And in the end it happened, and it was the most beautiful thing of my career. It’s the dream of every player, but very few can achieve it, so I’m thankful to God for being able to do it.”
Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappe and Karim Benzema made the final shortlist by a global panel of national team captains and coaches, selected journalists in each of FIFA’s 211 member countries, plus fans online.
It was an international calendar year which included 18 goals, six assists and a World Cup which put him above the competition for the 2022 Best FIFA Men’s Player. The accolade recognises the players' performances between August 8, 2021 and December 18, 2022.