Lionel Messi won “The Best FIFA men’s player prize for 2022” on Monday on the back of his World Cup triumph with Argentina.
Spain’s Alexia Putellas retained the women’s award at a ceremony in Paris.
Messi beat his Paris Saint-Germain teammate and World Cup final rival, Kylian Mbappe, to the men’s gong with Ballon d’Or winner Karim Benzema the other contender to claim the prize.
It is the second time that Messi has won the honour inaugurated by FIFA in 2016 after football’s world governing body split from Ballon d’Or organisers France Football.
The award, which is voted for by national team coaches and captains, journalists and also fans, recognises a year in which the former Barcelona star crowned his glorious career by leading Argentina to victory at the World Cup.