Lionel Messi has won the 2022 Best FIFA Men’s Player Award – no shocker here! But which three players did the Argentinian World Cup winner vote for himself?
Neymar, Mbappe and Benzema Got Messi’s Vote
Having won the 2022 FIFA World Cup in December and also landing Ligue 1 with PSG last season, then it’s no surprise Lionel Messi has scooped the 2022 Best FIFA Men’s Player Award.
Messi, 35, who has won seven Ballon d’Or’s too, topped the award with 52 scoring points – which was 8 clear of Mbappe in silver place.
With players, fans, managers and the media all having their say in who won the award, this meant Messi had a vote too.
It was fellow PSG players Neymar that got Messi’s main selection, with Mbappe, who also plies his trade at club level with Messi, in second. While French star Karim Benzema got the third pick from the World Cup winner.
Despite Messi’s vote for Neymar, the Brazilian striker was still only 9th in the table. Mbappe secured second (44 points) and Benzema third (34).
It was also a case of history repeating itself, as Messi also voted for Neymar and Mbappe first and second 12 months ago.
Since joining PSG in 2021, Messi has scored 28 goals for the French side.
Jude Bellingham Was the Highest Voted English Player
Borussia Dortmund’s Jude Bellingham had a great World Cup in Qatar, which propelled him further up the world footballing stage. Yes, he only got 3 scoring points – 49 less than Messi – but this still meant Bellingham was ranked 13th place and higher than Liverpool’s Mo Salah.
Bellingham has also been the focus of a lot of transfer speculation in recent months, with a move in the summer looking likely for the Englishman. Liverpool are the current favourites to get Bellingham’s signature, with Manchester City and Real Madrid next best.
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