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Five-time winners of the Ballon d’Or Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo sit alongside Virgil van Dijk at the Champions League drawLionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Virgil van Dijk make up the shortlist for the Best Men’s Player award at the Best Fifa Football Awards on Monday – but who should win it?Just how do you distinguish between three great players, each with a list of accolades as long as your arm?We’ve asked Spanish football writer Andy West, Italian football expert Mina Rzouki and BBC Sport’s chief football writer Phil McNulty to make their case for each of the candidates.So who do you agree with? Take our vote here and select your winner. Highlights of the Fifa Football Awards are on BBC One at 23:10 BST on Monday (00:15 BST on Tuesday in Northern Ireland).Bronze, Rapinoe or Morgan – who should win women’s award?
Lionel Messi either scored or assisted 55% of Barcelona’s 90 La Liga goals in 2018-19Lionel Messi Nationality: Argentinian Club: Barcelona Age: 32 The case for:Won La Liga and helped his side reach the Champions League semi-final and Copa del Rey final.Claimed European Golden Shoe as continent’s top goalscorer and was La Liga’s top assist-maker.Helped Argentina to bronze at 2019 Copa America.Spanish football writer Andy West:Knowing that Lionel Messi is the best player in the world comes with just one condition: having eyes, and using them to watch football. If you actually watch him – and you are being even vaguely objective – you will see that Messi is head and shoulders above everybody else. The skill gap is not even close. Watch him, and you will see the goals. You will see the dribbles. The supernatural defence-splitting passes, the faultless first touch, the 360-degree spatial awareness, the uncanny ability to escape multiple markers, the unselfish game awareness. You will see all those things, and you will be forced to admit: yes, Messi is the best. By far. If you don’t trust your eyes to reach that conclusion, maybe the stats will help. You probably already know that Messi scored more league goals than anyone else in Europe in 2018-19 (36, ahead of Kylian Mbappe’s 33). But Messi’s all-round magnificence is reflected in the fact that he was also among Europe’s top performers in assists (fifth), chances created in open play (third), dribbles completed (fourth), passes into the final third (second) and shots against the woodwork (first). He is a stri
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