Lionel Messi arrives to attend the Best FIFA soccer awards, in Milan's La Scala theater, northern Italy, Monday, Sept. 23, 2019. Netherlands defender Virgil van Dijk is up against five-time winners Cristiano Ronaldo and Messi for the FIFA best player award and United States forward Megan Rapinoe is the favorite for the women's award. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
Lionel Messi won the Men's player of the year at the FIFA Football awards. 

His win came to a surprise to many who saw Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk as the deserved winner of the award for his contribution to Liverpool's defence.

Congratulations, #LeoMessi

Winner of #TheBest FIFA Men's Player 2019 🏆#TheBest | #FIFAFootballAwards pic.twitter.com/MKh2wV5T1M

— #TheBest 🏆 (@FIFAcom) September 23, 2019
Earlier, Reds  manager  Jurgen Klopp  got the stellar night off to winning start as he picked up Fifa men's coach award earlier tonight. 

Klopp guided his team to the Champions League and they finally managed to win a European title with the German having lost in the 2018 final to Real Madrid.

It was then the turn of Alisson Becker who won goalkeeper of the year. 

What a team 👌

Your @FIFPro Men’s @World11 🙌#TheBest | #FIFAFootballAwards pic.twitter.com/FvJKj1a62w

— #TheBest 🏆 (@FIFAcom) September 23, 2019
The Brazilian stopper bolstered the Reds defence when he joined from Roma. 

Van Dijk and Becker made the Fifpro team.

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