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Updated January 16th, 2024 at 16:00 IST

Totally Viral/ Cristiano Ronaldo's message immediately after Messi's wins FIFA Best award sends fans into a tizzy

Portuguese football legend, Cristiano Ronaldo issues first response after Lionel Messi won the FIFA's Best Player of the Year award ahead of Haaland.

Aryan Suraj Chadha
Lionel Messi & Cristiano Ronaldo
Lionel Messi & Cristiano Ronaldo | Image:AP
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After narrowly defeating Norwegian forward Erling Haaland in a tight competition, well-known Argentine football star Lionel Messi took home the Best FIFA Men's Player Award for the third time in the previous four years. Monday, January 16, 2024, saw the announcement of the awards, when Aitana Bonmati, the talented striker from Barcelona and Spain, took home the prestigious Best FIFA Women's Player Award in a magnificent London ceremony.

3 things you need to know 

  • Lionel Messi won the FIFA Men’s Player Award 
  • Aitana Bonmati received the FIFA Women’s Player Award 
  • Pep Guardiola won ‌Best Men's Manager of the Year award

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Cristiano Ronaldo issues first response after Lionel Messi wins the FIFA Men’s Player award 

Cristiano Ronaldo made his influence felt on social media immediately following Lionel Messi's win in the Best FIFA Men's 2023 award, where he outperformed Manchester City's Erling Haaland and his former PSG coworker, Kylian Mbappe. Despite Messi taking the top position on the podium despite what some deemed an unremarkable campaign within the duration of the award, many fans and commentators were taken aback by the decision. Ronaldo, who took to Instagram immediately after Messi was named The Best Men's Player, caused many to associate the statement with the Argentine's victory. The social media action brought another element of fascination to the continuing story of the renowned football awards.

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 Ronaldo exclaimed in the caption of his Instagram post. Which read: 

“Back for more!,”

The Portuguese superstar had a stunning run of form in 2023, demonstrating his lasting brilliance by scoring an incredible 54 goals in a calendar year while playing for Saudi Pro League team Al-Nassr and the Portugal National team. The 38-year-old outperformed world-class players like Harry Kane, Kylian Mbappe, and Erling Haaland to claim the title of top men's goalscorer for the year.

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Looking ahead, the two most recognizable figures in international football, Ronaldo and Messi, will square off in a friendly match. On February 1, Al-Nassr and Inter Miami will face off in the Riyadh Cup, setting the stage for an epic clash between these football superstars, and this could be the last time the arch-rivals square off against each other.

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Published January 16th, 2024 at 10:00 IST

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