Argentine soccer player Lionel Messi, who is now a striker for the Paris Saint-Germain club, has been named the best player of 2022 by FIFA. Also on this list were his clubmate Kylian Mbappé and Real Madrid’s French striker Karim Benzema.
In 2022, Messi, together with the Argentine national team, won the World Cup in Qatar and became the best player of the tournament. In total, the athlete managed to score eight goals. Mbappé, for his part, became the competition’s top scorer with nine goals scored. Benzema, together with Real Madrid, won the Spanish Championship and the Champions League in 2022 and became the top scorer in both tournaments.
FIFA also compiled a symbolic team of the year with the best players. It included the Belgian goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, the Portuguese Juan Cancelo, the Dutchman Virgil van Dijk, the Moroccan Ashraf Hakimi, the Brazilian Casemiro, the Belgian Kevin de Bruyne, the Croatian Luka Modric, the Norwegian Erling Haaland, as well as the aforementioned Messi , Mbappé and Benzema. The best player of the year in women’s football for the second time in a row was the Spanish Alexia Putellas, who plays for Barcelona.
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