The Best FIFA Awards took place last night in London, with four Liverpool players eligible to cast their votes and have their say in the final destination of the best men’s player.
Lionel Messi was crowned the Best FIFA Men’s player, which was strange considering his 2022 World Cup victory fell out of the time period the award covered.
The heroes of Manchester City’s treble last season had to watch Messi win yet another individual award after the likes of Haaland, De Bruyne, and Rodri watched the Argentine skipper win the Ballon D’or last year.
The Norwegian striker had to be content with second place, with Kylian Mbappe rounding out the podium spots in third.
Kevin De Bruyne was shockingly voted in fourth, while Napoli hero Victor Osimhen made fifth place after his heroics in Serie A last term.
However, Manchester City were recognized for their season, with Ederson winning The Best FIFA Men’s goalkeeper and Pep Guardiola deservedly bestowed The Best Men’s Coach.
Of course, due to Liverpool’s poor 2022/23 season, no Liverpool players managed to pick up any awards or make the FIFA FifPro Men’s World XI for 2023.
Nonetheless, four of Liverpool’s senior players played a hand in deciding the final winners for the Best FIFA Men’s award [full list available here].
All FIFA-registered national team coaches and captains, with their weighting come in at 25%.
As skippers of their respective nations, Virgil van Dijk (Netherlands), Andy Robertson (Scotland), Mohamed Salah (Egypt), and Dominik Szoboszlai (Hungary) were each allowed to submit their top three player choices.
Who the four Liverpool players vote for:
Virgil van Dijk: Lionel Messi, Erling Haaland, Kevin de Bruyne
Mohamed Salah: Lionel Messi, Kevin de Bruyne, Erling Haaland
Dominik Szoboszlai: Erling Haaland, Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappe
Andy Robertson: Lionel Messi, Erling Haaland, Kylian Mbappe
As somewhat of a surprise, only one Liverpool player voted for Erling Haaland.
Szoboszlai and Haaland have a pre-existing relationship dating back to their time together at RB Salzburg.
However, upon reflection, it makes sense why the longer serving Liverpool players are not keen to give Manchester City more recognition.
The trio have plenty of experience losing out to City in the Premier League, having lost to their rivals by one point on two occasions now.
There is no doubt that there will be more Liverpool representatives come next year.
Jurgen Klopp’s men look destined to win silverware this season and will hopefully have a big presence at the next ‘The Best FIFA Awards’.