The 2023 FIFA Best Awards, held on January 15th, 2024, saw some familiar faces take home top honors! Here’s a rundown of the major winners and other noteworthy happenings:
The Best Men’s Player: For the second year in a row, the legendary Lionel Messi lifted the trophy, edging out Erling Haaland and Kylian Mbappé in a tightly contested race. This marks Messi’s seventh Best Men’s Player award, further solidifying his place as one of the greatest footballers of all time.
The Best Women’s Player: Aitana Bonmatí, the midfield maestro of Barcelona and Spain, claimed the top women’s award for the first time in her career. Bonmatí’s outstanding individual performances and key role in Barcelona’s treble-winning season made her a deserving recipient.
The Best Men’s Coach: Manchester City’s Pep Guardiola, the architect of the Citizens’ dominant domestic and European campaign, was named the Best Men’s Coach. Guardiola’s tactical prowess and ability to get the best out of his players were duly recognized.
The Best Women’s Coach: Sarina Wiegman, the mastermind behind England’s historic Euro 2022 triumph, earned the Best Women’s Coach award. Wiegman’s tactical nous and leadership skills were instrumental in England’s victory, making her a clear choice for the accolade.
Other noteworthy awards:
- The Best FIFA Men’s Goalkeeper: Ederson Moraes (Manchester City)
- The Best FIFA Women’s Goalkeeper: Mary Earps (Manchester United)
- FIFA Puskás Award (best goal): Guilherme Madruga (Botafogo) for a stunning bicycle kick
- FIFA Fair Play Award: Brazil national team for their gesture of solidarity against racism
- FIFA Fan Award: Hugo Daniel “Toto” Iniguez (Argentina) for his passionate support of the Argentina national team
The 2023 FIFA Best Awards were a night of celebration for the world’s finest footballers and coaches. With Messi and Bonmatí claiming top honors, and Guardiola and Wiegman recognized for their coaching brilliance, the ceremony was a fitting tribute to the beautiful game.