The moment of truth happened at Italy’s Teatro Alla Scala where the FIFA 2019 award was taking place. For the Best FIFA Men’s Player, it was none other than Argentina’s Lionel Messi who bagged the award for the sixth time.
Messi emerged the best over Juventus star Christiano Ronaldo and Liverpool’s Virgil Van Djik who had made it to the finalist. The Argentine was crowned Best Player for moving his team Barca and his country Argentina forward.
For the women, forward Megan Rapinoe of USA was crowned Best FIFA Women’s Player. She was getting the award for the first time and didn’t hesitate to use her platform. The outspoken 34 year old urged her fellow football players to use their platform to address issues to make the world a better place.
She asked her colleagues to join hands with players like Raheem Sterling who addresses issues on racism and inequalities in general. The award winner further told reporters that her ability to speak out was better than the award she received. A well-deserved award, don’t you think?
Coach Jurgen Klopp received the award for Best Male Coach for helping Liverpool get the Champions League title. In the same lavish event, Liverpool’s Alisson Becker was crowned FIFA Best Men’s Goalkeeper.
For FIFA Best Women’s Coach, Jill Ellis bagged the award. Half of Jill’s players made it to the women’s team of the year.
FIFA Best Women’s Goalkeeper award went to 29 year old Van Veenendal who captained her national team to the world cup.