the french Karim Benzema (Real Madrid), kylian mbappe (PSG) and the Argentine Lionel Messi (PSG) are the three finalists for The Best FIFA Player Award 2022.

The award recognizes the most outstanding players between August 8, 2021 and December 18, 2022 and the winner will be announced at a ceremony in Paris on February 27, 2023.

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Fifa awarded this Friday the names of the three finalists, chosen by an international jury made up of coaches and captains of men’s national teams, journalists and fans who have voted on the official Fifa website among the 14 initially nominated by a panel of experts. .

Merits of Benzema

The front of the real Madrid Karim Benzema opted for the distinction after winning the last edition of the «Ballon d’Or» and signed a great season, in which the whites won the fourteenth Champions League with comebacks against PSG, the Chelsea and Manchester City.

The Frenchman scored three goals against PSG in the round of 16 and against Chelsea in the quarterfinals, before scoring three times in the two games in which Real Madrid knocked out manchester city in the semifinals to get into the final in Paris.

And in the final game he broke the title against Liverpool with a goal from Vinicius Júnior, a game in which Benzema won the award for the best player in the «Champions» 2021-2022 and finished as top scorer with 15 goals, a role he also had in the Spanish league with 27 goals for Real Madrid to win their 35th national title, before being called up again with France to the Qatar 2022 World Cup, although he was unable to participate due to injury.

And Mbappe?

His compatriot Kylian Mbappé scored eight goals in the World Cup to win the tournament’s Golden Boot and became the first player in 56 years to score a hat trick in the World Cup final against Argentinian

He provoked the reaction of his team to tie the game on two occasions when he seemed lost and forced extra time and penalties that decided the title for Lionel Scaloni’s men. Mbappé was also decisive for the paris saint germain will win the league title in France, with 39 goals and 26 assists in 46 games.

Messi, world champion

His club mate and rival in the World Cup final, Leo Messi crowned the season with a historic title for his country and to complete his record in Qatar.

He scored seven goals, the most of any World Cup he has managed, including the double in the final, and provided three assists during the tournament.

The 10 albiceleste was recognized with the Ballon d’Or for best player, an award he also won in Brazil 2014 and became the first player to win it twice.

Messi played in Qatar in his fifth World Cup and is the only player to have scored in a World Cup in his teens, twenties and thirties. In the field of nominees he doesn’t have any surprises.

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