As the 7th edition of the FIFA awards show unfolded on Monday February 27th in Paris, Lionel Messi won the second FIFA The Best honour off his career, with Alexia Putellas also winning her second women’s trophy in a row.
Among the other winners were Emiliano ‘Dibu’ Martinez, who took the best men’s goalkeeper award. The Best Women’s goalkeeper award was bagged by Mary Earps.
As for coaches, Lionel Scaloni and Sarina Wiegman bagged the best men’s and women’s coaches respectively. Another star of the night was Marcin Oleksy, who won the Best Puskas award with his stunning bicycle kick.
As for best fan awards, Argentina fans took the trophy for their celebrations and support following the World Cup 2022 in Qatar as the team won the prestigious title.
The best fair play award was bagged by Luka Lochoshvili. A collision left an opponent (Austria Vienna’s Georg Teigl) unconscious on the ground, and Lochoshvili reacted quickly to save the player, who had swallowed his own tongue.
Last but not least, a special recognition was given to Pele’s legacy, who passed away late last year. ‘Pele is eternal. He is with us and will always be with us’ said FIFA President Gianni Infantino.