Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are arguably the two greatest-ever footballers of this generation. Their rivalry has been among the best the football world has ever seen. Messi won the Best FIFA Men's 2023 award, beating Manchester City star Erling Halaand and Ronaldo. The Inter Miami player has now won the coveted honour three times and is the first player to do so while competing in Major League Soccer (MLS).
The top three players Messi, Mbappe, and Halaand did not show up for the London celebration. The 36-year-old attended their opening preseason game of the 2024 season while still residing in Miami. The year 2023 saw Messi leaving PSG and joining David Beckham's side. After LM 10's win his countermate took to Instagram to share a post, not long after Messi was crowned The Best Men's Player, fans linked the message on social media to the Argentine's triumph.
In 2022 year, he was awarded football's biggest trophy with the FIFA World Cup in Qatar, won the Ligue 1 title with PSG in 2023 before joining the Miami-based side, where he won the 2023 Leagues Cup a competition between MLS and Mexico's Liga MX sides scoring 10 goals. Messi who had himself voted for Haaland was announced as the winner because he had received more five-point scores from the votes cast by men's national team captains.
Ronaldo reacts to FIFA awards
Ronaldo said, "Back for more!" The Portuguese captain currently plays in Saudi Arabia's club Al-Nassr. He scored 53 goals in the 2023 year becoming the leading scorer of the year. The 38-year-old forward still shows great intensity and determination to play the game.
Aitana Bonmati, the Spaniard, took home the Best FIFA Women's Player 2023 title on Tuesday. For FC Barcelona, the 25-year-old took home three major championships in 2023, the Supercopa de Espana Femenina, Liga F, and the UEFA Women's Champions League and won the World Cup as well with Spain. The 2023 men's awards were based on achievements during the period from December 19, 2022, to August 20, 2023.