Official: Messi wins FIFA Player of the Year award

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Lionel Messi has been named FIFA's best player of the year.

The Argentine star has managed to beat Liverpool's Virgil Van Dijk and Cristiano Ronaldo and Juventus in the race for 'The Best'.

The five-time Ballon d'Or winner last season with Barcelona was fantastic, having scored the most goals and made the most assists.

The Dutch defender was seen as the favorite to win the award, having won the UEFA Player of the Year award a week earlier.

But Messi did manage to beat The Reds' best player at a ceremony in Milan.