Lionel Messi named IFFHS Men’s World Best Player and Best International Goalscorer


Lionel Messi has won two more awards, this time the IFFHS 2022 Men’s World Best International Goalscorer.

Messi continues to win trophies. The 35 year old won the World Cup and completed football but the accolades keep going his way.

This time, the IFFHS have named him as the 2022 Men’s World Best Player. He won the award with 275 points with Kylian Mbappe in second place with 35 points.

He has also won the Best International Goalscorer award, this time, the gap between first and second was significantly closer. Messi finished with 22 goals, four of them in International Club Competitions and 18 of them with the Argentina national team.

Kylian Mbappe finished with 21 goals. He had nine of them in International Club Competitions and 12 of them for the French National team.

Julián Álvarez came in third place with 15 goals. He scored eight International Club Competition goals and seven goals for the Argentina national team.

Congratulations to Lionel Messi for both awards and Julián Álvarez!


  1. Just 6 months ago many believe that Messi has declined. The truth is the opposite. He plays futbol better than anytime in his career in 2022 for Argentina. The team records and the individual records speak for themselves. Never in Messi’s career he scores more/have more assists than he did in 2022 for Argentina.

    When Messi had a chance to return to Barca last month; I am glad he rejected it. Messi always has a preference: either the national team or the club. If PSG, the real Messi plays for Argentina. If Barca, the real Messi plays for Barca.

    I just hope Messi will never be a toxic for us later in his career the way CR7 was for Portugal/MU.

    • I think Messi played the same but it was the supporting cast which stunted his play.
      Just imagine a 25 year old Messi with this team , we are talking about atleast 2 world cups more. Di maria has matured over a period of time and in unsure if young Di maria would have done that older Di Maria did in both finals.

    • Also, elprincipe regarding the toxicity, I’m pretty sure most of the folks will forget about this world cup and will pounce on Messi and team the minute they start loosing.
      There were some respectable folks after Saudi game asking to substitute Messi.
      I agree though Messi should not be there in the team if he cannot provide his 100%. I hope he retires graciously but a part of me do wants him to play 2026 World cup and if Di Maria is fit then why not 🙂 only time will tell.

      • So called respectable folks are the English pundits. Players who have hardly won anything with their national team, they start pouncing on Leo when we lose a final. Do they even know what it is to play a final? The road to a final? The challenges that a team has to withstand to go through and play a final? How many teams play that well to play a final, let alone 7-8 finals? These people have no idea how it feels to lose a final, and what it takes to come back and keep performing at the same level. Taking pride in winning a final is one thing, but losing and absorbing the pain is a whole another f***ing level.

  2. This man owes NOBODY NOTHING anymore. He has pleased his fans and silenced his haters to the ends of the earth and back multiple times over.

    Journalist Sofi Martinez said it to Messi in his face before long the final – “the joy you brought to the world and inspiration that you are is worth more than any world cup..and no one can take that away from you. Even before the final, you already have something much bigger than the WC and I hope you take this to heart, no matter what happens in the final”

    Viva El Capitan del Mundo !

    • Those words can just make you cry. I see that over and over again. Its an extremely emotional one. Just pasting those words here in case anyone here hasn’t seen or heard about it:

      “The last thing I want to tell you and it’s not a question, but I just wanted to say the World Cup final is coming and sure, we all [Argentinians] want to win the cup.

      “I just want to tell you that no matter the results, there’s something that no one can take from you, and it’s the fact you resonated with Argentinians, every single one. I’m being serious.

      “There’s no kid who doesn’t have your team flannel, no matter if it’s a fake, real or a made up one. Truly, you made your mark in everyone’s life. And that, to me, is beyond winning any World Cup. No one can take that from you and this is my gratitude, for the amount of happiness you bring to a lot of people.”

      “I seriously hope you take those words into your heart because I really believe that’s more important than winning a World Cup and you already have it. So thank you, captain.”

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