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Lionel Messi becomes FIFA Player of the Year, wins this award for the sixth time


Barcelona star striker Lionel Messi has won FIFA's Player of the Year award, while women's forward Megan Rapinoe won the award.



Barcelona star striker Lionel Messi has won FIFA's 'Best Player of the Year' award, while women's forward Megan Rapinoe won the award. The FIFA Awards were announced at a glittering ceremony held at Milan's Teatro alla Scala on Monday night.


The 32-year-old Messi managed to capture this prestigious award for the sixth time. Messi was instrumental in making Barcelona the La Liga champions last season and reaching the semi-finals of the Champions League. Earlier, Argentina's Messi won the award in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015.


This time Cristiano Ronaldo of Juventus and Virgil van Dyke of Liverpool missed the award. Messi's rival Cristiano Ronaldo (2008, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017) has won this award five times.


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