Argentina were crowned World Cup winners in December, and that triumph was reflected at the Best FIFA Awards ceremony.
Lionel Messi, Lionel Scaloni and Emiliano Martinez made it a clean sweep for Argentina in Monday’s glitzy ceremony for the Best FIFA Awards in Paris.
Paris Saint-Germain forward Messi was crowned the FIFA Men’s Player of the Year, Scaloni was named the FIFA Men’s Coach of the Year and Martinez the FIFA Men’s Goalkeeper of the Year.
The awarding period runs from the start of the 2021-22 season until the end of the 2022 World Cup, when Argentina ended its 36-year wait to win the competition.
Martinez, who plies his trade with Aston Villa, finished ahead of Real Madrid and Sevilla’s Thibaut Courtois and Yassin Bounou in the voting – although Courtois made it to the 11-man FIFPro World.
Scaloni was the next to receive the award after seeing off competition from Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola and Real Madrid head coach Carlo Ancelotti, who won the LaLiga and Champions League double last season.
La Albiceleste have lost just one of their 23 games since the start of last season, with their solitary loss coming in their Qatar 2022 group opener against Saudi Arabia.
Messi made it three in three for Argentina as he claimed the top prize at a ceremony in the French capital that began with a moving tribute to Brazilian great Pele.
Madrid forward Karim Benzema and Messi’s PSG team-mate Kylian Mbappe were also in the running for the award.
Argentina fans also won the FIFA Fan Award.
Their dominance on the men’s side was not quite matched by European champions England in the women’s awards.
Mary Earps was named the Best FIFA Women’s Goalkeeper and Sarina Wiegman took home the Best FIFA Women’s Coach award for the third time.
But Beth Mead was awarded FIFA’s best player by Alexia Putellas, last year’s winner.
Other winners included Luka Lochoshvili, then of Austrian side Wolfsberger, in the FIFA Fair Play category for potentially saving the life of opponent Georg Teigle during the match after the Austria Wien player fell unconscious midway through the match.
Polish amputee footballer Marcin Oleksy won the FIFA Puskas Award for the best goal for a perfectly executed bicycle kick for Warta Poznań against Stal Rzeszow.