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Lionel Messi Named Best FIFA Men's Player

Feb 28, 2023 10:39 AM

Lionel Messi was named Best FIFA Men's Player at a ceremony in Paris on Monday.

"It's amazing. It was a tremendous year and it is an honor for me to be here tonight and win this award," said Messi, who sat next to Kylian Mbappe throughout the ceremony at the Salle Pleyel.

Monday's award was Messi's second FIFA The Best title, his first coming in 2019. He has also won a record seven Ballon d'Or awards.

"I want to express my thanks to [coach Lionel] Scaloni and my teammates; without them I would not be here," Messi added.

"I achieved a dream I had been hoping for so long and finally I achieved it. It's a dream for any player; very few people can achieve that and I was lucky enough to do so."


Tags: Paris Saint-Germain, Personal Award

Karim Benzema Wins 2022 Ballon D'Or

Oct 17, 2022 9:24 PM

Karim Benzema has won the 2022 Ballon d'Or at a ceremony in Paris.

Benzema, 34, scored a career-best 27 times in LaLiga and was top scorer in the Champions League with 15 goals, including hat tricks against Paris Saint-Germain and Chelsea.

Benzemia finished ahead of Bayern Munich's Sadio Mane and Manchester City's Kevin de Bruyne, who came in second and third, respectively. PSG striker Kylian Mbappe came in sixth, while Manchester United forward Cristiano Ronaldo was 20th.

"I'm really proud seeing this prize, it's been my dream since I was a kid. I grew up with this in my head, and after that I had the motivation," Benzema said.

"I had two role models in my life: Zizou [Zinedine Zidane] and [Brazil legend] Ronaldo. It's a lot of work; I never gave up and I kept that dream in my head. Anything is possible.

"It's been difficult for me. There was a time when I wasn't playing for the national team, but I didn't give up. It's been difficult for me and that just makes me stronger mentally. I'm really happy with my work."

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Tags: Real Madrid, Personal Award

Lionel Messi: 'No Doubt' Karim Benzema Deserves Ballon D'Or

May 31, 2022 8:11 AM

Lionel Messi believes Karim Benzema deserves to win the Ballon d'Or this year.

Benzema had the best season of his 13-year career at Real, scoring 44 goals with 15 assists in all competitions as they won a LaLiga-Champions League double.

"There are no doubts; it's very clear that Benzema had a spectacular year and ended up victorious in the Champions League," Messi said on Argentine television.

"He was fundamental in all the matches from the round of 16 onwards. I think there is no doubt this year."

The award will be presented on Oct. 17th ahead of the World Cup. The trophy will now be awarded on the basis of a regular season from August to July rather than a calendar year.


Tags: Real Madrid, Personal Award

Lionel Messi Wins Ballon D'Or For 7th Time

Nov 29, 2021 4:13 PM

Lionel Messi has won the Ballon d'Or for a seventh time, beating out Robert Lewandowski.

Messi led Argentina to their first major trophy since 1993.

Messi now has two more Ballon d'Or awards than Cristiano Ronaldo. 


Tags: Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain, Personal Award

Diego Rossi Becomes Youngest Player To Win MLS Golden Boot

Nov 9, 2020 11:24 AM

Diego Rossi finished the 2020 MLS regular season with 14 goals, becoming the youngest player to win the MLS Golden Boot.

Rossi is 22 years old and has scored 42 goals in 85 career appearances with LAFC.


Tags: Los Angeles FC, Personal Award

Kevin De Bruyne Named Premier League Player Of The Year

Aug 16, 2020 10:07 AM

Kevin De Bruyne has been named the Premier League Player of the season for 19-20.

De Bruyne helped City finish second in the Premier League, but they were a distant 18 points behind champions Liverpool.

De Bruyne had 13 goals with 20 assists.


Tags: Manchester City, Personal Award

Trent Alexander-Arnold Named Premier League Young Player Of The Year

Aug 14, 2020 7:55 AM

Trent Alexander-Arnold has won the Premier League's Young Player of the Season award.

Alexander-Arnold had 13 assists and four goals in the Premier League.

Alexander-Arnold beat out Marcus Rashford and Christian Pulisic to win the award.


Tags: Liverpool, Personal Award

Bruno Fernandes Named Premier League Player Of The Month

Mar 16, 2020 2:01 PM

Bruno Fernandes was named the Premier League player of the month for February.

The 25-year-old Fernandes moved to Manchester United for $61 million over the winter transfer window.

Fernandes has two goals and three assists since making his United debut.

United are also undefeated with Fernandes. 

"Since I was a kid it was a dream to play for Man United, and to be there at Old Trafford is the biggest dream of my career," said Fernandes.

"When you come to a new club you always want to score, and the first goal is special. It doesn't matter how the goal is scored, but important is the goal's worth. I'm happy with my start but from now I need to give more to be better."


Tags: Manchester United, Personal Award

Didier Deschamps Contract Extended Through 2022 World Cup

Dec 10, 2019 5:05 PM

France extended Didier Deschamps' contract through the 2022 World Cup.

Deschamps took over the national team in 2012, winning the World Cup in 2018.

The extension represents the third in Deschamps' time with France.


Tags: France, Personal Award

Megan Rapinoe Wins Woman's Ballon D'Or Award

Dec 2, 2019 6:07 PM

Megan Rapinoe has won the 2019 woman's Ballon d'Or award.

Rapinoe beat England’s Lucy Bronze, who came second, and her fellow American Alex Morgan.

Rapinoe was unable to attend the ceremony and recorded a message.

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Tags: United States, Personal Award

Lionel Messi Wins Record Sixth Ballon D'Or

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Carlos Vela Named 2019 MLS MVP

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Vlatko Andonovski Named Manager Of USWNT


Messi Wins FIFA Award For Top Men's Player Of 2019


Virgil Van Dijk Named UEFA Men's Player Of The Year

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Messi, Ronaldo, Van Dijk Named UEFA POY Finalists
Virgil Van Dijk was voted both the Premier League Player of the Season and the Players' Player of the Year.


PSG Extends Thomas Tuchel's Contract
Tuchel won a Ligue 1 title in his first season with the club.

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Virgil Van Dijk Wins PFA Player of the Year
Van Dijk is the first defender since John Terry in 2005 to win the award.


Virgil Van Dijk Expected To Win EPL Footballer Of The Year Awards
Virgil van Dijk has helped transform Liverpool's defense.

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Virgil Van Dijk Votes For Raheem Sterling For Player Of The Year
Van Dijk said his vote was down to either Sterling or Bernardo Silva.

Andy Hunter/The Guardian

Raheem Sterling Awarded Premier League Player Of The Month
Sterling scored three goals and had three assists in November.

RealGM Staff Report

Josef Martinez Receives 2018 MLS MVP Award
Martinez set a new league record with 31 goals this season.

Tom Bogert/MLS Soccer

La Liga Features 14 Out Of Top 30 Players In Ballon d'Or Voting
Real Madrid players make up 8 out of the top 30 on the list.

La Liga Lowdown

Lionel Messi Finishes In 5th Place In Ballon d'Or Voting
It's the first time in 11 years the Argentine has finished outside of the top three for the award.

RealGM Staff Report

Luka Modric Wins 2018 Ballon D'Or
Luka Modric becomes the first winner of the award beyond Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi since 2007.

RealGM Staff Report

Luka Modric Wins FIFA's The Best Award
Luka Modric ended the decade-long streak held by Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.


Luka Modric Named UEFA Player Of the Year
Luka Modric finished ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo and Mohamed Salah.


Modric, Ronaldo, Salah Named As UEFA Player Of The Year Finalists
Luka Modric and Cristiano Ronaldo won their third straight Champions League title.


Luka Modric Wins Golden Ball Of 2018 World Cup
Luka Modric beat out Eden Hazard and Antoine Griezmann to win the award for the best player of the tournament.

RealGM Staff Report

Mohamed Salah Named PFA Player Of The Year
Mohamed Salah beat out Kevin De Bruyne, Harry Kane, David Silva, Leroy Sane and David De Gea for the award.