Read News: Fifa The Best Award, Messi Has Won The “FIFA Best Award 2019”
Lionel Messi has won his sixth Fifa Best Player Of The Year Award, Messi was happy to win the Best FIFA Men’s Player award and the star’s focus is now on helping Barcelona respond to a slow start to the season.
Messi claimed the prize, rebranded in 2016, for the first time, beating Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk and Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo. It marked his first major individual honour since claiming his fifth Ballon d’Or in 2015 and the 32-year-old was pleased to land the prize.
“It has been a long time without winning an individual prize,” Messi told reporters.
“It is an award that I have for the first time and it is good to have it.”
Meanwhile, Barcelona have made their worst start to a LaLiga season since 1994-95, collecting just seven points from five games. With matches against Villarreal and Getafe this week, Messi is eager to see Ernesto Valverde’s men bounce back.
“We’ve started badly and are struggling to create play and chances. It’s just the start, but we have to respond now,” he said.
“There’s no more time and we have to improve a lot, we’re aware of this. It’s a team thing.
“I have no doubts that we’ll improve.”
Van Dijk finished second to Barcelona superstar Messi for the prize on Monday, with Juventus and Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo third. The centre-back said there was no way he could be compared to Messi, who scored 51 goals in all competitions in 2018-19.
“The people who vote made a decision and you have to accept it,” Van Dijk told reporters.
“That’s just the case and as players you can’t compare me and Messi because it’s totally different.
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