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#FIFAFootballAwards: The World Hails Lionel Messi

Barcelona striker Lionel Messi won the FIFA Men’s Player of the Year award on Monday for a record sixth time.

The Argentina striker edged out Juventus’s Cristiano Ronaldo and Liverpool centre-back Virgil van Dijk.

Reactions have been pouring in from the world football family.

“Indisputably… well it should be. Ronaldo is a wonderful footballer, but Messi’s numbers this year are superior. His play is on another level.”
Gary Lineker

“A new recognition for the best player in football history. Leo, congratulations and thanks for making us feel so proud of you.”
Josep Maria Bartomeu, Barcelona president

“No words needed. Simply The Best. Congrats brother.”
Patrick Kluivert

“The people who vote made a decision and you have to accept it. As players you can’t compare me and Messi because it’s totally different. I’m very proud to be here.”
Virgil van Dijk

“A special night in Milan celebrating our beautiful game, football. A big congratulations to both Messi and Frenkie.”
Marc-Andre Ter Stegen

“It was deserved. Messi had a phenomenal season.”
Wendell Lira, former FIFA Puskás Award winner

“For me, Messi will always be the best player in the world. I’ve made that clear a lot of times.”
Frenkie de Jong

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