The Argentina and FC Barcelona star was recognised by FIFA as the player of the year for the sixth time in his career − an absolute record – while Rapinoe capped an impeccable season that saw her lead the USA to their second consecutive FIFA Women’s World Cup™ title in France.
The Americans’ success in France also gave Jill Ellis the title of Women’s Coach of the Year, an accolade that, on the men’s side, was picked up by German Jürgen Klopp, who coached Liverpool FC to UEFA Champions League glory.
Brazilian Alisson Becker, also of Liverpool FC, was chosen as The Best FIFA Goalkeeper, a distinction that was also introduced this year for women’s football and saw Dutch Sari van Veenendaal voted as its maiden recipient.
Thousands of football players from around the world cast their votes for this season’s FIFA FIFPro World11, as well as, for the first time, for the FIFA FIFPro Women’s World11:
FIFA FIFPro Men’s World11:
- Goalkeeper: Alisson Becker
- Defenders: Matthijs de Ligt, Marcelo, Sergio Ramos, Virgil van Dijk
- Midfielders: Frenkie de Jong, Eden Hazard, Luka Modrić
- Forwards: Cristiano Ronaldo, Kylian Mbappé, Lionel Messi
FIFA FIFPro Women’s World11:
- Goalkeeper: Sari van Veenendal
- Defenders: Lucy Bronze, Nilla Fischer, Kelley O’Hara, Wendie Renard
- Midfielders: Julie Ertz, Amandine Henry, Rose Lavelle
- Forwards: Marta, Alex Morgan, Megan Rapinoe
An unforgettable Italian serata
Former Dutch star Ruud Gullit and Italian presenter Ilaria D’Amico were the hosts of a beautiful ceremony at La Scala, which featured performances from The Accademia Teatro alla Scala Orchestra and the La Scala Theatre Ballet, besides the presentation of three other awards:
- FIFA Puskás Award: Dániel Zsóri
- FIFA Fan Award: Silvia Grecco
- FIFA Fair Play Award: Marcelo Bielsa and the Leeds United squad
The winners of The Best player and coach awards were determined through a voting process in which four groups had an equal say: football fans, selected media representatives, and the captains and head coaches of national teams from around the globe.
A breakdown of the voting results, including each nominee’s points total, is available here.
Below is the complete list of how the captains and coaches of national teams from around the world voted:
Rules of Allocation.
For reactions from the winners and inside stories from this evening’s awards show, visit FIFA.com and watch exclusive videos on FIFA’s channel on YouTube.
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