Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi emerged FIFA The Best player for the year 2019 after beating Cristiano Ronaldo and Virgil van Dijk to the prestigious prize. The 32-year-old scored 54 goals in 58 appearances for the Catalans in all competition in the year under review, lifting his tenth La Liga title in the process.
Since FIFA Best Player winner was voted for by national team coaches, players and journalists, here’s how Nigerian representatives voted during the voting process:
Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr voted for Kylian Mbappe, Virgil van Dijk and Eden Hazard as his top three players in the world. While for the national team captain Ahmed Musa voted Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Mohamed Salah as his best three. Guardian Nigerian journalist Christian Okpara chose Sadio Mane as the best player in the world, followed by Cristiano Ronaldo and Virgil van Dijk.
Lionel Messi on his part voted Mane for the best player award while Ronaldo and Frenkie came second and third for the Argentine.
Nigeria captain Musa voted for: Lionel Messi Cristiano Ronaldo Mohamed Salah
Nigeria coach Rohr voted for: Kylian Mbappé Virgil Van Dijk Eden Hazard
Guardian Nigeria’s Christian Okpara voted for: Sadio Mane Cristiano Ronaldo Virgil Van Dijk.
However, Messi failed to lift the Catalans to the Champions League final but went ahead to win the European golden boot at the end of the season.