Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappe spearhead FIFA’s Best men’s XI at Paris awards ceremony, with Erling Haaland and Virgil van Dijk among four Premier League stars named
- Messi was the star of the team after picking up the men’s award on Monday
- Four Premier League players were named in the team at the Paris ceremony
- The list also included three Real Madrid players after their European success
Lionel Messi, Erling Haaland and Kylian Mbappe were among those named in the Best FIFA men’s XI of 2022 on Monday.
A plethora of stars were on show at the award show in Paris, with several accolades handed out during the evening.
Three defenders made the team, alongside four midfielders and four forwards.
Also in the team were Manchester City’s Kevin de Bruyne and Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk.
The selection was chosen by players themselves.
Several world stars were present in Paris at the Best FIFA awards on Monday evening
Virgil van Dijk (left), Lionel Messi (centre) and Kylian Mbappe (right) were all named in the Best FIFA men’s XI
Messi completed a monumental return to the top of football’s accolades by winning the Best men’s player
Messi, who won the men’s player award, concluded an immensely successful year that saw him captain Argentina to World Cup glory with his selection.
He was named up front with PSG team-mate Mbappe, who scored a hat-trick in the World Cup final for runners up France.
Haaland, who has scored a record-breaking 27 Premier League goals for Man City this season already after joining in the summer, was also up front, alongside Ballon d’Or winner Karim Benzema.
In midfield, De Bruyne makde the list after winning another Premier League title, alongside Champions League winner Luka Modric.
Man United star Casemiro, who also won the Champions League with Real Madrid last season but has helped transform his new side’s fortunes in the Premier League, is the third midfielder named.
Man United midfielder Casemiro was named in the team a day after winning the Carabao Cup
England Women’s head coach Sarina Wiegman won women’s coach of the year
In defence, Bayern Munich star Joao Cancelo, who recently moved to Germany from Man City, was named, alongside van Dijk, who helped Liverpool to a domestic double and the Champions League final last season.
PSG full-back Achraf Hakimi, who helped Monaco to a historic World Cup semi-final, completed the defenne.
Real Madrid stopper Thibaut Courtiois was the goalkeeper.
It was also a historic night for the Lionesses, with Mary Earps, Lucy Bronze, Leah Williamson, Kiera Walsh and Beth Mead all gaining recognition, while Sarina Wiegman won women’s coach of the year.
FIFA’S ‘THE BEST’ AWARDS 2022
Best men’s player: Lionel Messi (PSG and Argentina)
Best women’s player: Alexia Putellas (Barcelona and Spain)
Best men’s coach: Lionel Scaloni (Argentina)
Best women’s coach: Sarina Wiegman (England)
Best men’s goalkeeper: Emiliano Martine (Aston Villa and Argentina)
Best women’s goalkeeper: Mary Earps (Man Utd and England)
Best men’s special award: Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United, Juventus and Portugal)
Best women’s special award: Christine Sinclair (Portland Thorns and Canada)
Puskas Award: Marcin Oleksy (WARTA POZNAN v Stal Rzeszow)
Fan award: Argentina fans
Fair Play Award: Luka Lochoshvili (Wolfsburg)
FIFPRO men’s world XI:
Goalkeeper: Thibaut Courtois (Real Madrid and Belgium)
Defenders: Achraf Hakimi (PSG and Morocco) Joao Cancelo (Bayern Munich/Man City and Portugal) Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool and Holland)
Midfielders: Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City and Belgium), Luca Modric (Real Madrid and Croatia) Casemiro (Manchester United and Brazil)
Forwards: Lionel Messi (PSG and Argentina), Kylian Mbappe (PSG and France), Karim Benzema (Real Madrid) Erling Haaland (Manchester City and Norway)
FIFPRO women’s world XI:
Goalkeeper: Christiane Endler (Chile and Lyon)
Defenders: Lucy Bronze, Mapi Leon, Leah Williamson, Wendie Renard
Midfielders: Alexia Putellas, Lena Oberdorf, Alex Morgan,
Forwards: Sam Kerr, Beth Mead
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