Argentinian Lionel Messi and his Paris Saint-Germain colleague, French international Kylian Mbappe and another Frenchman Karim Benzema compete for the title of the best player in the world in the 2021-2022 season.
FIFA will announce the name of the winner of its prestigious award tomorrow, Monday, in Paris, France.
The competition for the “Best” award was limited to Messi, who won the Ballon d’Or seven times as the best player in the world (record), Mbappe and Benzema, who won the last Ballon d’Or.
According to Argentine journalist Francis Aguilar, Messi should receive the “Best” award as the best player in the world in the 2021-2022 season.
Aguilar said FIFA wanted to remind the Ballon d’Or organizers who ignored Messi’s nomination for their award last year.
Nominations for Messi, who previously won the title of “Best” in 2019, in this award, which FIFA brought back in 2016 after separating from the Ballon d’Or award given by France Football magazine.
And the 35-year-old bolstered his chances of being the best in 2022 after winning the 2022 World Cup in Qatar with his country.
Like Messi, Mbappe had a remarkable World Cup in Qatar, finishing top scorer with eight straight goals against his Argentine counterpart, including a hat-trick in the final that made him the second player to score a hat-trick in a title match. after Englishman Geoff Hurst in 1966.
But the penalty shoot-out let Mbappe down in the end and prevented the player, who celebrated his 24th birthday two days after the final, from winning the World Cup for the second time in his career after the Russia-2018 World Cup title.
Benzema will become the third player in the fight for the title of “best” after winning the Ballon d’Or for the first time in his career and the Champions League title for the fifth time in his career last year.
However, the Spanish Real Madrid star’s chances have waned after an injury prevented him from taking part in the World Cup in Qatar, which could see the 44 goals he scored in 46 appearances for the Royal Club last season fall short of 35. year old soccer player. with Messi and Mbappe for a prestigious award.