Lionel Messi conveyed ecstasy after winning the FIFA Best Football Player of the Year award ahead of Liverpool’s Virgil Van Dijk and Juventus superstar, Cristiano Ronaldo.
Lionelat the Teatro Alla Scala in Milan, Italy ahead of Van Dijk and Ronaldo.
Messi took the top honor with 46 percent of scoring points, with Van Dijk receiving 38 percent and Ronaldo 36 percent.
Speaking after getting the award, “It has been a long time without winning an individual prize.
“It is an award that I have for the first time and it is good to have it.”
When asked to comment on Barcelona’s poor start this season, Messi added: “We’ve started badly and are struggling to create play and chances.
“It’s just a start, but we have to respond now. There’s no additional time and we have to develop a lot, we’re cognizant of this. It’s a team thing. I have no doubt that we’ll improve.”
Barcelona began their campaign with a 1-0 loss at Athletic Bilbao.
The La Liga champions, nevertheless, won against Real Betis and Valencia but played a 2-2 draw with Osasuna and lost 2-0 away to Granada.