'Messi or Mbappe?': Best FIFA Football Awards 2022 winner's name leaked ahead of the eventWith the Best FIFA Football Awards 2022 winner list leaked, below is everything you should know- Author : Ujjwal Samrat
In a massive development, the Best FIFA Football Awards 2022 on Monday leaked ahead of the actual announcement and ceremony. Argentine's Lionel Messi, France's Kylian Mbappe, and Real Madrid star Karim Benzema are on the list competing for the Best FIFA Football Awards 2022. While Messi's performance landed him as the FIFA World Cup-winning captain in Qatar, Kylian Mbappe became the most goal-scoring footballer in Qatar. On the other hand, Benzema won the Ballon d'Or last year, leading Real Madrid to the La Liga, UEFA Champions League, and Club World Cup titles. Missing out on the Qatar World Cup due to injury, Benzema has bounced back and played a crucial role in his side's 5-2 victory against Liverpool in the Champions League Round of 16 first leg, scoring a brace. As a result, fans around the world are eager to know about the Best FIFA Football Awards 2022 winner list. With the Best FIFA Football Awards 2022 winner list leaked, here's what you should know-
As per Argentinian journalist Francesc Aguilar, Lionel Messi is set to win The Best FIFA Men's Player Award. Aguilar reported that FIFA want to remind Ballon d'Or organisers that they didn't nominate Messi for their award last year. Furthermore, with Christophe Galtier appointed as the new PSG manager, Messi has bagged 16 goals and 14 assists in 27 appearances across all competitions. In Qatar, Messi scored seven goals, including two in the final against France. Talking about the FIFA World Cup, in the final against France, Argentina sealed a 4-2 win in penalties after the match ended in a 3-3 draw. In a closely-fought final, Argentinefirst took the lead in the 23rd-minute through captain Messi, who converted a penalty after Angel Di Maria was fouled in the French box. After that, a quick counter-attack in the 36th-minute saw Alexis MacAllister assist Di Maria, who made it 2-0.
With Argentina cruising to an easy win, Kylian Mbappe came to France's rescue and staged a comeback. Mbappe levelled proceedings within 97 seconds, scoring a penalty in the 80th-minute after Kolo Muani was brought down in the Argentine box. Then in the 81st-minute, Mbappe made it 2-2 with a stunning volley. In extra-time, Messi made it 3-2 for Argentina in the 108th-minute, scoring after some poor defending. But Mbappe once again came to his side's rescue in the 118th-minute to make it 3-3.
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The Best FIFA Football Awards 2022 streaming details
The FIFA The Best ceremony will be held at the Theatre du Chatelet in Paris, France, on February 27, 2023 (Tuesday) at 1:30 am IST (Indian Standard Time).Unfortunately, the live telecast of this ceremony will not be available in India in the absence of an official broadcast partner. Hence, fans cannot watch the live telecast of the FIFA 'The Best' Football Awards 2022 on any TV channel in India. However, fans in India can watch live streaming of the event online. FIFA's official website will provide live streaming of the award ceremony and fans can watch it for free. Besides this, fans can also stay tuned to FIFA's official YouTube channel and other social media handles to get live updates of the award ceremony.