The Argentinian Lionel Messi has been awarded by the World Football Association Fifa for the sixth time as world footballer. Liverpool coach Jürgen Klopp was named best coach of the season after winning the Champions League ahead of Pep Guardiola and Mauricio Pochettino. Liverpool keeper Alisson Becker was also happy, he is the new world goalkeeper. Marc-André ter Stegen from Barcelona left empty-handed.
Klopp follows France's World Cup coach Didier Deschamps, who had triumphed in the previous year. The 52-year-old had won in the Champions League last season his first title with Liverpool. In the Premier League, the Reds had defeated despite a new club-internal scoring record and only one defeat during the season Guardiolas Manchester City. Klopp is the third German world trainer after Jupp Heynckes and Joachim Löw.
Since 2016, the election as world footballer has again been an independent event of FIFA, which is awarded separately from the Ballon d'Or. Both awards were merged between 2010 and 2015. The World Footballer is chosen by the coaches and team captains of all national teams and selected representatives of the international press. They vote for their three favorites from a preselection. However, these may not come from their own country.