Messi Clinches Victory at The Best FIFA Football Awards 2023

Messi Clinches Victory at The Best FIFA Football Awards 2023 | Setanta Sports

Lionel Messi emerged victorious at The Best FIFA Football Awards 2023 held in London. The football maestro secured the prestigious men’s player of the year award, marking his third win since the awards’ inception in 2016.

Starting the year with Paris St-Germain and later joining Inter Miami in Major League Soccer, Messi’s exceptional performances earned him the top spot among other prominent contenders.

Messi’s selection as the best player in The Best FIFA Football Awards 2023 has raised some eyebrows, considering the results were based on votes cast after the conclusion of the World Cup on December 19th.

Pep Guardiola Named as The Best Coach

In addition to Messi’s triumph, Pep Guardiola, the Manchester City coach, was recognized with the men’s coach prize. Guardiola’s outstanding leadership guided Manchester City to an impressive Treble of Premier League, Champions League, and FA Cup victories during the 2022-23 season.

Notably, this year’s awards also celebrated the coaching brilliance of Luciano Spalletti and Simone Inzaghi.

Messi and Haaland – Equal 48 Points

The Best FIFA Football Awards winners are determined through a combination of votes from national team managers, captains, journalists, and fans. Messi’s recognition can be attributed to his first-place nominations received from national team captains.

Erling Haaland, another standout performer, showcased his remarkable goal-scoring abilities throughout the season. Although he didn’t secure the top spot, Haaland’s contributions to the game were acknowledged by many.

Manchester City emerged as the dominant force in the men’s team of the year category, with six of their players, including Haaland and Kevin de Bruyne, securing spots in the lineup.

The Best FIFA 2023 Men’s Player

RankPlayerClub(s) Played ForNational TeamPoints
1Lionel MessiFrance Paris Saint-Germain; United States Inter MiamiArgentina48
2Erling HaalandEngland Manchester CityNorway48
3Kylian MbappéFrance Paris Saint-GermainFrance35
4Kevin De BruyneEngland Manchester CityBelgium32
5Victor OsimhenItaly NapoliNigeria24
6RodriEngland Manchester CitySpain24
7Julián ÁlvarezEngland Manchester CityArgentina21
8Bernardo SilvaEngland Manchester CityPortugal18
9İlkay GündoğanEngland Manchester City; Spain BarcelonaGermany13
10Khvicha KvaratskheliaItaly NapoliGeorgia7
11Marcelo BrozovićItaly Inter Milan; Saudi Arabia Al NassrCroatia7
12Declan RiceEngland West Ham United; England ArsenalEngland1

The Best FIFA 2023 Men’s Goalkeeper

RankPlayerClub(s) Played ForNational TeamPoints
1EdersonEngland Manchester CityBrazil23
2Thibaut CourtoisSpain Real MadridBelgium20
3Yassine BounouSpain Sevilla; Saudi Arabia Al HilalMorocco16
4Marc-André ter StegenSpain BarcelonaGermany8
5André OnanaItaly Inter Milan; England Manchester UnitedCameroon5

FIFA FIFPRO Men’s World 11 2023

PlayerClub(s)
Belgium Thibaut CourtoisSpain Real Madrid
England Kyle WalkerEngland Manchester City
Portugal Ruben DiasEngland Manchester City
England John StonesEngland Manchester City
Portugal Bernardo SilvaEngland Manchester City
Belgium Kevin De BruyneEngland Manchester City
England Jude BellinghamSpain Real Madrid
Brazil Vinicius JrSpain Real Madrid
Norway Erling HaalandEngland Manchester City
France Kylian MbappéFrance Paris Saint-Germain
Argentina Lionel MessiUnited States Inter Miami

The Best FIFA 2023 Men’s Coach

RankCoachTeam(s) ManagedPoints
1Spain Pep GuardiolaEngland Manchester City28
2Italy Luciano SpallettiItaly Napoli; Italy18
3Italy Simone InzaghiItaly Inter Milan11
4Spain XaviSpain Barcelona11
5Australia Ange PostecoglouScotland Celtic; England Tottenham Hotspur4

The Best FIFA 2023 Women’s Player

RankPlayerClub(s) played forNational teamPoints
1Aitana BonmatiSpain BarcelonaSpain52
2Linda CaicedoColombia Deportivo Cali; Spain Real MadridColombia, Spain40
3Jenni HermosoMexico PachucaSpain36
4Salma ParallueloSpain BarcelonaSpain32
5Sam KerrEngland ChelseaAustralia32
6Lauren JamesEngland ChelseaEngland18
7Rachel DalyEngland Aston VillaEngland15
8Hinata MiyazawaJapan MyNavi SendaiJapan13
9Keira WalshEngland Manchester City; Spain BarcelonaEngland, Spain11
10Kadidiatou DianiFrance Paris Saint-GermainFrance10
11Mapi LeónSpain BarcelonaSpain10
12Alex GreenwoodEngland Manchester CityEngland5
13Lindsey HoranFrance LyonUnited States2
14Mary FowlerEngland Manchester CityAustralia0
15Amanda IlestedtFrance Paris Saint-GermainSweden0
16Caitlin FoordEngland ArsenalAustralia0

The Best FIFA 2023 Women’s Goalkeeper

RankPlayerClub(s) played forNational teamPoints
1Mary EarpsEngland Manchester UnitedEngland28
2Cata CollSpain BarcelonaSpain14
3Mackenzie ArnoldEngland West Ham UnitedAustralia12
4Zećira MušovićEngland ChelseaSweden10
5Sandra PañosSpain BarcelonaSpain5
6Christiane EndlerFrance LyonChile2
7Ann-Katrin BergerEngland ChelseaGermany1

The Best FIFA 2023 Women’s Coach

RankCoachTeam(s) managedPoints
1Sarina WiegmanEngland28
2Emma HayesEngland Chelsea18
3Jonatan GiráldezSpain Barcelona14
4Peter GerhardssonSweden7
5Tony GustavssonAustralia5

FIFA FIFPRO Women’s World 11 2023

PlayerClub(s)
Mary EarpsEngland Manchester United
Lucy BronzeSpain Barcelona
Olga CarmonaSpain Real Madrid
Alex GreenwoodEngland Manchester City
Aitana BonmatíSpain Barcelona
Ella TooneEngland Manchester United
Keira WalshSpain Barcelona
Lauren JamesEngland Chelsea
Sam KerrEngland Chelsea
Alex MorganUnited States San Diego Wave
Alessia RussoEngland Manchester United, Arsenal

Other Nominations at The Best FIFA Football Awards 2023

AwardWinnerReason
FIFA Puskás AwardGuilherme MadrugaNovorizontino vs Botafogo SP
FIFA Fan AwardColon FanThe TV cameras panned in on a Colón fan who was cradling his son in his arms while feeding him his bottle during the team’s Argentinian top-tier encounter against Barracas Central. The heart-warming scene reflected the supporter’s will to kindle a passion for the club in his son from the earliest age.
FIFA Fair Play AwardBrazil National Football TeamIn a friendly against Guinea in June 2023, the Seleção swapped their traditional yellow jerseys for an all-black kit in a anti-racism statement.
The Best FIFA Special AwardMartaSpecial recognition for her role in women’s football

How Winners are Determined at The Best FIFA Awards

The winners at The Best FIFA Awards are determined through a combined voting process involving several groups. This includes fans, national team coaches, national team captains, and a panel of 300 media members.

The votes from each group are given equal weightage in deciding the winners. For more detailed information on how voting works, you can refer to the official FIFA website.

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Irakli Imedadze
I'm a sports writer and football commentator at Setanta Sports with five years of experience. The view, moreover, axiom that sport is more than just physical activity or something like that involves me from head to toe in this industry and becomes an inseparable part of my life. I'm a specialist in international affairs, with a concentration in the middle east. In my opinion, that knowledge of orientalism helps me to orientate well in sports also.

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