FIFA The Best Awards 2024: Messi Wins Big, Guardiola Best Coach – Full List of Winners

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FIFA The Best Awards 2024: Messi Wins Big, Guardiola Best Coach - Full List of Winners
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Celebrating the Winners of the 2024 FIFA The Best Awards.

Lionel Messi has been crowned The Best FIFA men’s player of the year.

The glitz, the glamour, and the most prestigious prizes in football – oh yes, it’s FIFA The Best Awards time!

The 2024 ceremony, held in London on January 15th, saw some legendary names etch their stories further into footballing folklore, while new stars began their ascent into the firmament. Let’s raise a metaphorical golden trophy to all the winners!

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King Leo Reigns Supreme Once More:

FIFA The Best Men's Player award
Lionel Messi with the FIFA The Best Men’s Player award

No surprise here, folks. The ageless Lionel Messi, defying time and gravity in equal measure, claimed his seventh FIFA The Best Men’s Player award. Leading Argentina to Copa America glory and Inter Miami to an MLS Cup final appearance, Messi proved that his magic wand is still very much in working order. His acceptance speech, a heartfelt dedication to his late grandmother, was a touch of pure class.  

Aitana Bonmati: Queen of the Rojinegras:

Barcelona and Spain’s midfield maestro, Aitana Bonmati, was crowned the FIFA The Best Women’s Player. Her instrumental role in Spain’s World Cup triumph and her dazzling displays for club and country made her a deserving recipient. Her infectious smile and passionate celebration lit up the stage.

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Aitana Bonmati with the FIFA The Best Women's Player award
Aitana Bonmati with the FIFA The Best Women’s Player award

Guardiola and Wiegman: Masterminds on the Touchline:

Manchester City’s Pep Guardiola, architect of yet another treble, unsurprisingly bagged the FIFA The Best Men’s Coach award. His tactical genius and unwavering belief in his players continue to redefine footballing artistry. Meanwhile, Sarina Wiegman, who steered England to a heartbreaking World Cup final defeat before guiding the Netherlands to victory in the European Championship, was named the FIFA The Best Women’s Coach. Her tactical acumen and ability to inspire her teams are truly remarkable.

Pep Guardiola with the FIFA The Best Men's Coach award
Pep Guardiola with the FIFA The Best Men’s Coach award
Sarina Wiegman with the FIFA The Best Women's Coach award
Sarina Wiegman with the FIFA The Best Women’s Coach award

Other Dazzling Diamonds:

Manchester City’s Ederson Moraes and England’s Mary Earps were recognized as the best goalkeepers, while the Puskas Award went to Brazilian defender Guilherme Madruga for his jaw-dropping overhead kick. Each winner added their own unique sparkle to the night, reminding us of the diverse brilliance that football nurtures.

Beyond the Trophies:

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The 2024 FIFA The Best Awards were a celebration not just of individual excellence but of the collective spirit that makes football the beautiful game. From Messi’s emotional tribute to his grandmother to the camaraderie between teammates on stage, the evening was a testament to the power of sport to unite and inspire.

So, let’s raise a toast to all the winners, the nominees, and everyone who contributes to the magic of football. The beautiful game continues, and with such talent and passion on display, the future promises to be even brighter. Who will reign supreme next year? Only time will tell, but one thing’s for sure: the excitement never ends!


Lionel Messi Clinches 2024 FIFA The Best Men’s Player Award

Lionel Messi has been crowned The Best FIFA men’s player of the year.

The 36-year-old Argentine picked up the individual honor ahead of Erling Haaland and Kylian Mbappe during the award ceremony held in London on Monday night.

The latest accolade is the third FIFA best award for the diminutive Argentine – following similar triumphs in 2019 and 2022. He is also the first player to reach the milestone.

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Messi was, however, conspicuously absent at the awards ceremony. He is on a pre-season tour with his club Inter Miami.

Messi won the 2022 World Cup with Argentina. While he could not help Inter Miami to their first trophy in the club’s history.

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In other awards of the night, Pep Guardiola won the men’s coach of the year award after securing a treble with Manchester City.

Six Man City players were also named in the Best XI…..The Best FIFA Football Awards 2023 Winners

  • The Best FIFA Men’s Player: Lionel Messi
  • The Best FIFA Women’s Player: Aitana Bonmati
  • The Best FIFA Men’s Coach: Pep Guardiola
  • The Best FIFA Women’s Coach: Sarina Wiegman
  • The Best FIFA Men’s Goalkeeper: Ederson
  • The Best FIFA Women’s Goalkeeper: Mary Earps
  • FIFA Fair Play Award: Brazil men’s national team
  • FIFA Puskas Award: Guilherme Madruga
  • FIFA Fan Award: Hugo Daniel “Toto” Iniguez
  • FIFA Special Award: Marta

FIFA FIFPRO Men’s World 11: Thibaut Courtois, Kyle Walker, Ruben Dias, John Stones, Jude Bellingham, Kevin De Bruyne, Bernardo Silva, Vinicius Junior, Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland

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FIFA FIFPRO Women’s World 11: Mary Earps, Lucy Bronze, Olga Carmona, Alex Greenwood, Aitana Bonmati, Ella Toone, Keira Walsh, Lauren James, Sam Kerr, Alex Morgan & Alessia Russo.

What did you think of the 2024 FIFA The Best Awards? Share your favorite moments and predictions for the future in the comments below!

 

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