Messi, Mbappé And Benzema Battle For FIFA Best Player Award

It’s Lionel Messi vs. Kylian Mbappé again, this time for the FIFA Best Men’s Player award for 2022.


Argentina’s World Cup-winning captain and France’s superstar forward head the three-player shortlist announced by FIFA on Friday, eight weeks after leading their teams in an epic final in Qatar.

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Karim Benzema completed the top three in the voting by a global panel of national team captains and coaches plus selected journalists in each of FIFA’s 211 member countries, as well as fans voting online.

In the Best Women’s Player award, Beth Mead of England, Alex Morgan of the United States and Spain’s Alexia Putellas were on the shortlist voted for by a separate global voting panel.

The winners will be announced at a Feb. 27 ceremony in Paris.

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Messi edged Mbappé for the Golden Ball awarded by FIFA as the best player at the World Cup. Croatia captain Luka Modrić placed third in that contest.

Another duel is expected for the Paris Saint-Germain teammates with Messi favoured to get a seventh win in FIFA’s annual individual prize. Mbappé seeks his first.

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