While Lionel Messi (Inter Miami) received the FIFA World Player of the Year award for two consecutive years, controversy over his eligibility for the award arose.

Sports media outlet ‘Sports Brief’ reported on the 16th (Korean time), “Many soccer fans expressed doubts about Messi winning the FIFA World Player of the Year award.”

Messi was selected as the Male Player of the Year at ‘The Best FIFA Football Awards’ held in London, England on this day. He won the competition from Erling Haaland (Manchester City) and Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain). 카지노사이트 백링크

Messi, who won the trophy for two consecutive years following last year, has won the award for the eighth time in his career (2009-2012, 2015, 2019, 2022-2023). 

Thierry Henry accepted the award on behalf of Messi, who was unable to attend the awards ceremony due to a personal schedule.

The FIFA World Player of the Year is decided through votes from each country’s national team coach, captain, media, and fans. Messi recorded a total score of 48 points along with Haaland,

but was awarded the award according to the rule that gives priority to the number of national team captain votes in case of a tie.  토토사이트 백링크

Messi received 13 votes from each country’s captain, while Haaland received only 11 votes.

Controversy arose over Messi receiving the award rather than Halan. The evaluation period for this awards ceremony was from December 19, 2022 to August 20 of last year. 

During this period, Messi won the Ligue 1 title and won the assist title (16 assists) with Paris Saint-Germain. Winning the 2022 FIFA Qatar World Cup has already been reflected in previous awards ceremonies.

On the other hand, Holland became the top scorer by setting a new record (36 goals) for the most goals scored in a single season in the English Premier League (EPL). 

With 52 goals in 53 official competitions, he led Manchester City to a sweep of the league, UEFA Champions League (UCL), and FA Cup.

The media said, “Hallan, who led Manchester City to its first treble in history, was predicted to be the most likely winner,” and added,

Many people were taken aback when Messi was called the winner.” In addition, the reactions of some fans were also reported.

One fan wondered, “Please tell me what Messi did in 2023.” Another fan reacted angrily, saying,

We witnessed the biggest theft in football history,” and “Messi received the top award instead of Halan.”

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