The Best FIFA Football Awards 2019 HIGHLIGHTS: Catch all the live updates from FIFA’s The Best Awards, which is being held at La Scala in Milan, Italy, through News18 Sports’ live blog. Lionel Messi and Megan Rapinoe picked up the top honours at the star-studded ceremony in Milan’s famous opera house. Messi beats Virgil van Dijk and Cristiano Ronaldo to win The Best Men’s Player award while Rapinoe beat Alex Morgan and Lucy Bronze to win The Best Women’s Player award.
Messi won the La Liga with Barcelona last season and reached the semi-finals of the Champions League, where his team was defeated by Virgil van Dijk’s Liverpool. Liverpool eventually won the Champions League. Rapinoe, on the other hand, won the Women’s World Cup 2019 with the United States and also bagged the Golden Boot and Golden Shoe for being the best player and the top scorer of the tournament.
ℹ️ Full breakdown of voting results here: https://t.co/k4PksekZaJ#TheBest | #FIFAFootballAwards pic.twitter.com/cymNNO4lft— #TheBest 🏆 (@FIFAcom) September 23, 2019
The Best Men’s Coach award went to Juergen Klopp for leading Liverpool to the Champions League victory. Jill Ellis was awarded the Best Women’s Coach award for leading the US to their second consecutive World Cup win. She also became the first coach to win back-to-back Women’s World Cup. Daniel Zsori won the FIFA Puskas award for scoring a stunning bicycle kick in the Hungarian league.
The Netherlands’ Sari van Veenendaal won the Women’s Goalkeeper award for her heroic World Cup performance, that took the Dutch to the final. Liverpool’s Alisson Becker was awarded the best Men’s Goalkeeper honour. Along with his achievements with Liverpool, he also won the Copa America 2019 with Brazil.
The first-ever Women’s World XI was also announced, which was: Sari van Veenendaal, Lucy Bronze, Wendie Renard, Nilla Fischer, Kelley O’Hara, Julie Ertz, Amandine Henry, Rose Lavelle, Marta, Megan Rapinoe and Alex Morgan.
The Men’s World XI was as follows: Alisson Becker, Matthijs de Ligt, Sergio Ramos, Virgil van Dijk, Marcelo, Luka Modric, Frenkie de Jong, Kylian Mbappe, Lionel Messi, Eden Hazard and Cristiano Ronaldo.
Since The Best award was created in 2016, the winner has gone on to also lift the coveted Ballon d’Or, which will be unveiled on December 2. Real Madrid and Croatia midfielder Luka Modric won both awards last year to end Ronaldo and Messi’s ten-year domination. In the past three years the podiums for both awards have been almost identical apart from Egyptian Mohamed Salah’s third place in The Best in 2018, a spot occupied by France’s Antoine Griezmann in the Ballon d’Or.
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