On Monday night, Lionel Messi clinched The Best FIFA Men’s Player award, prevailing over Erling Haaland, despite both players securing an equal number of votes.
The winner was determined by votes from representatives of the media, national team coaches, national team captains, and fans. Messi and Haaland both amassed 48 points, but the Inter Miami superstar emerged victorious as more national team captains cast their votes in his favor compared to the Manchester City striker.
While Haaland garnered more votes from national team coaches and the media, Messi secured greater support from captains and fans. FIFA’s rules dictate that the tie-breaker for each award is dependent on the specific category. It’s worth noting that last year, Messi also outperformed Haaland to claim the Ballon d’Or prize.