Lionel Messi is once again among one of the main frontrunners for the individual accolades this coming award season, with the prestigious Ballon d'Or ceremony around the corner, while the 'Best FIFA Awards' will surely follow soon afterwards.
Messi will battle it out with the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and European Championship winner Jorginho for the prize, but aside from the Ballon d'Or, there will surely be the award for The Best FIFA Men's Player. This accolade is given out at 'The Best FIFA Football Awards.'
The world's governing football body have yet to confirm a date for their own ceremony, but Messi is likely to be a leading contender for the most prestigious prize on the night.
Since the ceremony began in 2017, Ronaldo leads the way with two awards, while Messi, Luka Modric and Robert Lewandowski have won it once each.
GiveMeSport found a fascinating video on Twitter, which shows how the crowd reacted to Ronaldo, Modric and Messi being announced as the winner. It has clearly made an impact on social media after gaining well over 11,000 likes and almost 2,000 retweets.
Messi is the only player to get a standing ovation for winning a FIFA 'The Best' award pic.twitter.com/DXTcgM2hHG- SR (@TotalMaestro) October 9, 2021
The clip shows Ronaldo and Modric greeted with tepid applause, while the reaction to Messi was much more enthusiastic. The Argentinian maestro received a standing ovation in moving footage that sees the likes of Jose Mourinho and Jurgen Klopp on their feet to pay tribute to the Barcelona superstar.
The debate surrounding who the greatest player is out of Ronaldo and Messi will rumble on for many years to come, but this footage shows there is no doubt as to who the most likeable player is out of the two.
Messi has made a slow start to life at Paris Saint Germain after scoring just once in five appearances across all competitions so far this season. That came in a 2-0 victory over Manchester City in the Champions League.
Meanwhile, Ronaldo has made a faster start to his time back at Manchester United with 5 goals in six appearances across all competitions.
Whatever happens, it will be interesting to see who wins the award this year and the adulation which the victor receives!
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