Lionel Messi did his Paris Saint-Germain team-mate Kylian Mbappe no favors as he chose Neymar and Karim Benzema ahead of the French international at the FIFA Football Awards.
Messi was chosen as the world’s best football player at the ceremony held in Paris, after Mbappe won second place.
Given his role as Argentina captain, Messi was able to vote and chose Neymar as his first choice ahead of his PSG teammate Mbappe – who did not get a vote because he is not the captain. It is not French.
Fans, national team captains, national team coaches and 300 journalists from different countries voted, with each of the four columns receiving 25 percent of the votes. .
England captain Harry Kane chose Messi, Sadio Mane and Benzema as the third. Kane did not include Mbappe, who was part of the French team that knocked England out of the World Cup in the semi-finals.
Lionel Messi chose Neymar ahead of Kylian Mbappe as the FIFA man of the match
Messi chose Neymar as his first choice, with Mbappe second and Karim Benzema third
Mbappe finished second in the overall award, with Messi winning the award
Despite captaining Portugal in the World Cup, Cristiano Ronaldo did not vote for the award
ELECTION RESULTS IN FULL
Lionel Messi – 52 points
Kylian Mbappe – 44 points
Karim Benzema – 34 points
Luka Modric – 28 points
Erling Haaland – 24 points
Sadio Mane – 19 points
Julian Alvarez – 17 points
Achraf Hakimi – 15 points
Neymar – 13 points
Kevin de Bruyne – 10 points
Vinicius Jr – 10 points
Robert Lewandowski – 7 points
Jude Bellingham – 3 points
Mohamed Salah – 2 points
Cristiano Ronaldo did not vote in the awards, with Pepe appearing as Portugal’s captain even though Ronaldo was their captain at the World Cup and has not retired from football yet.
Pepe, the former Real Madrid defender, did not include his former Barcelona rival Messi in his top three. Instead he chose Mbappe, Modric and Benzema.
The star of Liverpool, Mohamed Salah, the captain of Egypt, chose Vinicius Junior as his first choice. The Brazilian star scored Real Madrid’s winning goal against Liverpool in last year’s Champions League final.
Salah refused to include his former Liverpool team-mate Sadio Mane in his top three – there has been talk of animosity between the pair when they played together and Mane won last year’s Africa Cup of Nations final. Instead, Salah took out his top three players and chose Kevin De Bruyne and Achraf Hakimi.
Meanwhile, English coach Gareth Southgate asked for Messi, Luka Modric and Mbappe.
Harry Kane did not select Mbappe, whose France team knocked England out of the World Cup
Salah’s first choice is Vinicus Junior, who beat Liverpool in the Champions League final
Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni, chose Messi as the winner of the award without surprise, while one of his players came in second place in Julian Alvarez. Modric is the third choice.
French coach Didier Deschamps went for Mbappe ahead of Benzema and Messi.
Hugo Lloris, the French captain, chose the same three players as his coach in the same order.
Korea Republic coach Michael Franz Muller, Guyana coach Sam Cox and Central African Republic’s Raoul Savoy have all named 19-year-old England midfielder Jude Bellingham as their first choice.
Pepe did not include his old rival Messi in his top three – Mbappe, Modric and Benzema
Three managers chose England player Jude Bellingham as their first choice player
England coach Gareth Southgate’s first team includes Messi, Modric and Mbappe
Martin Odegaard joined his fellow Norwegian Erling Haaland as a second choice
Brazil captain Thiago Silva chose his countryman Neymar, then Messi and Benzema.
German coach Hansi Flick chose Messi as the winner of the award but did not include Mbappe or Benzema in his top three players, instead Modric and Robert Lewandowski.
Lewandowski himself got Messi in first place, followed by Mbappe and Modric.
Martin Odegaard is Messi as his first choice, with his Norwegian team-mate Erling Haaland second and Mbappe third.
And the Greek coach, Gustavo Poyet, has Haaland as his first choice above Messi and Benzema.
Spanish coach Luis de la Fuente chose Manchester City striker Julian Alvarez in first place, Bellingham second and Modric third.
|Player/Coach||Three great men were elected|
|Lionel Messi||Neymar, Mbappe, Benzema|
|Thiago Silva||Neymar, Messi, Benzema|
|Luka Modric||Benzema, Messi, Mbappe|
|Mohammed Salah||Vinicius Junior, De Bruyne, Hakimi|
|Harry Kane||Messi, Mane, Benzema|
|Hugo Lloris is the man on the moon||Mbappe, Benzema, Messi|
|Manuel Neuer||Messi, Mbappe, Lewandowski|
|Leonardo Bonucci||Messi, Benzema, Modric|
|Son Heung-min||Messi, Mbappe, Benzema|
|Virgil Van Dijk||Messi, Salah, De Bruyne|
|Martin Odegaard||Messi, Haaland, Mbappe|
|Robert Lewandowski||Messi, Mbappe, Modric|
|Andrew Robertson||Messi, Mbappe, Salah|
|Pepe||Mbappe, Modric, Benzema|
|Sergio Busquets||Messi, Lewandowski, Benzema|
|Lionel Scaloni||Messi, Alvarez, Modric|
|Gareth Southgate||Messi, Modric, Mbappe|
|Didier Deschamps||Mbappe, Benzema, Messi|
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