The world hails Messi and Rapinoe

“Indisputably… well it should be. Ronaldo is a wonderful footballer, but Messi’s numbers this year are superior. His play is on another level.”
Gary Lineker

“A new recognition for the best player in football history. Leo, congratulations and thanks for making us feel so proud of you.”
Josep Maria Bartomeu, Barcelona president

“No words needed. Simply The Best. Congrats brother.”
Patrick Kluivert

“The people who vote made a decision and you have to accept it. As players you can’t compare me and Messi because it’s totally different. I’m very proud to be here.”
Virgil van Dijk

“A special night in Milan celebrating our beautiful game, football. A big congratulations to both Messi and Frenkie.”
Marc-Andre Ter Stegen

“It was deserved. Messi had a phenomenal season.”
Wendell Lira, former FIFA Puskás Award winner

“For me, Messi will always be the best player in the world. I’ve made that clear a lot of times.”
Frenkie de Jong

“Having played many years with Megan, I’ve seen up close why she is so special, but at the World Cup she showed rest of the world why she is so deserving of this honour. She continues to rise above and come through in pressure moments. She was obviously a massive part of us winning the World Cup and she deserves all the accolades she is getting.”
Alex Morgan

“This message is clear. Thank you again Megan Rapinoe, for leading the way on and off the pitch. Congratulations [on] this amazing achievement.”
Hedvig Lindahl

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