Messi won the La Liga with Barcelona preceding season and reached the semi-finals of the Champions League, where his team was beaten by Virgil van Dijk’s Liverpool. On the other hand, Rapinoe won the Women’s World Cup 2019 with the United States and also bagged the Golden Boot and Golden Shoe for being the best player and the top scorer of the match.
The Best Men’s Coach Award went to Juergen Klopp for leading Liverpool to the Champions League victory. The Best Women’s Coach Award for leading Jill Ellis, the US to their second consecutive World Cup win. She also became the first trainer to win back-to-back Women’s World Cup. Daniel Zsori won the FIFA Puskas award for scoring a striking bicycle kick in the Hungarian league.
The Netherlands’ Sari van Veenendaal won the Women’s Goalkeeper award for her heroic World Cup recital that took the Dutch to the final. Liverpool’s Alisson Becker was awarded the best Men’s Goalkeeper admiration. Along with his success with Liverpool, he also won the Copa America 2019 with Brazil.
Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo had also been short-list for the award. Rapinoe, on the other hand, beat associate World Cup winner Alex Morgan and England’s Lucy Bronze to the women’s title. The 34-year-old won the Golden Boot for being top scorer and the Golden Ball for the best performer at the World Cup, and also became the face of the match for her outspoken views on US President Donald Trump.