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Messi edges Haaland and Bonmati completes sweep at FIFA awards

Lionel Messi
Lionel Messi was topped as the perfect males’s participant for 2023, whereas Aitana Bonmati added to her assortment of particular person accolades by successful the ladies’s award at FIFA’s award ceremony in London.

Messi retained the award on Monday night time by beating Manchester Metropolis’s treble-winning Norwegian striker Erling Haaland in a tie-break as France’s Paris Saint-Germain ahead Kylian Mbappe completed third.

The 36-year-old was a shock victor forward of Haaland because the award lined solely the interval after Messi had led Argentina to World Cup glory in December 2022 to August 2023.

Throughout that point the eight-time Ballon d’Or winner had a subdued finish to his profession at Paris Saint-Germain, regardless of successful the Ligue 1 title, earlier than becoming a member of MLS aspect Inter Miami in June.

Whereas Messi shortly made his mark in america as he helped the franchise to their first trophy by successful the Leagues Cup in August, Haaland was the favorite to win after scoring 52 objectives in his debut season with Metropolis because the English aspect received a treble of Champions League, Premier League and FA Cup.

After receiving the identical variety of factors (48) from a scoring system based mostly on votes from nationwide group captains, coaches, journalists and followers, Messi was topped victor because of extra first-choice nominations.

Nevertheless, all three of the lads’s finalists didn’t attend the ceremony leaving Arsenal and France legend Thierry Henry, who was co-hosting the occasion, to choose up the award in Messi’s absence.

However World Cup champion Bonmati confirmed up – and cleaned up. The 25-year-old Spain playmaker added to her Ballon d’Or award final October, which adopted a UEFA award in August and the Golden Boot award on the World Cup.

It was after she led Spain to World Cup glory and Barcelona to the Champions League title. She was named participant of the match for each competitions.

Bonmati edged out Spain teammate Jenni Hermoso and Colombia star Linda Caicedo.

“A few weeks in the past when 2023 got here to an finish, I used to be nostalgic as a result of 2023 was an distinctive and distinctive yr I’ll bear in mind for the remainder of my life,” mentioned Bonmati.

“I’m pleased with being a part of a robust technology of ladies who’re altering the principles of the sport and the world.”

Pep Guardiola was named greatest coach after masterminding Metropolis’s first-ever Champions League success.

“We’re right here as a result of we received quite a bit and the hundreds of individuals concerned in our success,” mentioned Guardiola.

“I’m actually blissful for the season we had as a result of it was an unimaginable journey. Ultimately, we did it, however the pleasure of being there was unimaginable.”

Haaland was joined by 5 of his membership teammates – Kyle Walker, John Stones, Ruben Dias, Bernardo Silva and Kevin De Bruyne – within the group of the yr.

Actual Madrid’s Thibaut Courtois, Jude Bellingham and Vinicius Junior, Messi and Mbappe made up the 11.

Metropolis’s Ederson received males’s goalkeeper of the yr, whereas England and Manchester United stopper Mary Earps picked up the ladies’s award.

England nationwide group boss Sarina Wiegman received the ladies’s coach of the yr after main the Lionesses to the World Cup ultimate.

Seven of England’s ladies have been included within the group of the yr: Earps, Lucy Bronze, Alex Greenwood, Keira Walsh, Alessia Russo, Lauren James and Ella Toone.

Olga Carmona, who scored the successful purpose within the World Cup ultimate, was the one different Spaniard included alongside Bonmati with American star Alex Morgan and Australia’s Sam Kerr additionally chosen.

The Brazilian males’s group received the honest play award after they donned an all-black shirt for the primary time in a present of assist for ahead Vinicius, who suffered a number of incidents of racist abuse whereas taking part in for Madrid final yr.

There was additionally Brazilian success within the Puskas award for the perfect purpose, scored by Botafogo’s Guilherme Madruga for his spectacular overhead kick.