The seven-time Ballon d’Or winner won the Best FIFA Men’s Player Award for the second time In his career on Monday.
Lionel Messi named Paris Saint-Germain teammates Neymar and Kylian Mbappe, along with Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema, as his top three picks for the Best FIFA Men’s Player Award.
Part of The Best FIFA voting process involves the national team captains. They each choose their top three players of the year, listing them from 1-3. No captain can vote for himself.
Five points go to the first pick, three to the second, and one to the third and final pick.
In a document shared by FIFA, Messi selected Neymar as his top pick. The forward chose Mbappe as his second choice, followed by Benzema in third. Interestedly, he also put Neymar and Mbappe in first and second, respectively, in his voting last year.
However, while Mbappe did finish runner-up to Messi in the final results, Neymar didn’t make the top three. The Brazilian forward also failed to make the 2022 FIFA FIFPRO Men’s World 11. Instead, Benzema finished third in The Best voting. The Real Madrid man and Manchester City’s Erling Haaland completed FIFPro’s four-striker list.
PSG return to action on at home to Nantes for their next Ligue 1 game on Saturday.