Argentina’s World Cup-winning captain Lionel Messi has been named FIFA men’s player of the year.
Messi, 35, scored two goals in the World Cup 2022 final against France, with Argentina emerging triumphant on penalties.
“It’s amazing. It was a tremendous year, and it is an honour for me to be here tonight and win this award”, said Messi.
Mbappe, also nominated for the highly anticipated award of the night, scored a hat-trick in the World Cup final.
Still, his achievement was overshadowed as Messi finally won the most coveted trophy in world football.