There was a little surprise during the election of the World (Site notre blog d’information)er of the Year 2023. Lionel Messi also won the FIFA The Best Award for Best Player of the Year in 2023, which was rather mixed for his level. Erling Haaland left empty-handed. The election result was so close that a tiebreaker was even required.
Even (Site notre bureau spécialisé) award ceremonies now require VAR. Because Lionel Messi and Erling Haaland were tied after the vote count.
The two attackers collected 48 points. While Haaland got many more votes from coaches and media representatives, Messi convinced more national team captains and more people participating in the fan vote.
In the event of a tie, a tiebreaker system comes into effect, as provided for in the FIFA statutes (Article 12 of the seeding rules) many years ago. In this specific case, it is the number of points, which is made up of the first votes of the captains of the national teams.
Messi collected 107 points here as he was voted first more often than Haaland (64 points).
To explain: All captains submitted their top 3. First place received five points, second place three points and third place one point.