The Inter Miami player narrowly defeated Haaland and Mbappé to win his third Best FIFA Men's Player award.


At The Best FIFA Football Awards 2023, Lionel Messi was unexpectedly crowned The Best FIFA Men's Player for the third time, narrowly defeating Erling Haaland and former PSG teammate Kylian Mbappé to the title. None of the three finalists attended the event in London.

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The Manchester City striker had been tipped by many to win the trophy for the first time ahead of the Inter Miami star and the Paris Saint-Germain attacker, but it was Messi who came out on top, adding to his victories in 2019 and 2022.

The Inter Miami player won his third Best FIFA Men's Player title by defeating Haaland and Mbappé by a slim margin.

Unexpectedly, Lionel Messi won The Best FIFA Men's Player at The Best FIFA Football Awards 2023, defeating Erling Haaland and Kylian Mbappé, his former PSG teammate, by a tiny margin. The London event was not attended by any of the three finalists.

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Many had predicted that the Manchester City striker would win the trophy for the first time, ahead of the Inter Miami player and the attacker for Paris Saint-Germain, but Messi prevailed and added to his victories from 2019 and 2022.

What kind of tiebreaker made Messi win the prize before Haaland?

However, FIFA revealed that Messi and Haaland received the same amount of votes, indicating that it was an extremely tight contest. The seasoned Argentinean and the Norwegian marksman shared the lead with 48 points, ahead of Mbappé's 35.

However, according to Article 12 of the Rules of Allocation, Messi was the winner in the end since he received "the highest number of 'five-point' scores from the votes cast by men's national team captains."

The top picks of coaches, captains, and journalists received five points, the second choice received three, and the third choice received one. Fans, coaches, and journalists all got a vote on who won each award.