The Best 2019: Lionel Messi wins Federation Internationale de Football Association award
Sep 24 2019
According to Mikel, his teammates were not 100 per cent sure about holding off Tito Vilanova's men who had Lionel Messi, Xavi Hernandez and Andres Iniesta in their squad.
He scored 51 goals throughout the season and gave another 19 assists, and it seemed like the painful Champions League elimination could have swayed the vote, despite having topped the competition's scoring charts with 12 goals, but the Argentine superstar has done it yet again.
Madrid stalwarts Sergio Ramos and Marcelo were chosen to join Van Dijk and another Dutchman in Matthijs de Ligt at the back, while Luka Modric - victor of The Best FIFA Men's Player award in 2018 - kept a place in midfield.
However, it seems the Golden Boot that he achieved the previous season and his constant brilliant quality, performances and statistics throughout were enough to beat the other two candidates - Cristiano Ronaldo and Virgil Van Dijk, no less.
Pep Guardiola, Jurgen Klopp and Mauricio Pochettino make up the three-man shortlist for The Best FIFA Men's Coach Award.
Messi won the award for the first time since 2015 and lifted it for a sixth time overall, going one ahead of his longstanding rival Ronaldo.
Croatia and Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric won the award last year, breaking up a years-long duel between Messi and Ronaldo for the prize.
Meanwhile, Megan Rapinoe, who lifted the women's World Cup as United States of America captain, was another big name in attendance and she will be hopeful of winning the Women's Player of the Year gong.