This week The Best awards were delivered, in which Latin America took all the spotlights. We tell you who won these awards.
LatinAmerican Post | Daniel González Guerrero
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The Best awards have become one of the most important awards in the world of soccer, these being a recognition of the best players of the season. In the 2023 edition, Latin America has taken all the spotlights, since Argentina has been the clear winner in most of the categories.
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The big surprise of the night came thanks to the Argentine goalkeeper Emiliano Martínez. The 'Dibu' was chosen to keep the award for the best goalkeeper in the world, this being a great recognition for his magnificent performance in the last world championship. The Latin American soccer player has surpassed the Real Madrid goalkeeper, Thibaut Courtois, in this category, a player who came as a clear favorite to win this award.
In his thank-you speech, the Aston Villa goalkeeper made it clear that despite being one of the most criticized for his provocative actions, he considers himself a respectful player towards all his rivals. In addition to this, he mentioned how important his process has been to reach the top of the world of soccer.
The revolution of the Scaloneta
The Argentine strategist Lionel Scaloni has been decided as the best coach in the world in 2023. The coach of the Argentine National Team has received this recognition thanks to his performances in the last world championship, in which his team has won the title of the tournament.
At the time of receiving this award, the Latin American strategist thanked all his players and coaching staff, who were fundamental in achieving this recognition. In this category, Scaloni surpassed coaches of the stature of Pep Guardiola and Carlo Ancelotti, strategists who won the Premier League and Champions League titles respectively.
From Chile to the world
Christiane Endler was the next athlete to raise the name of the continent at these awards. The Chilean soccer player was nominated for the best goalkeeper in the world. However, she was left with third place in this category.
Despite not being considered the best goalkeeper of the season, the Olympique de Lyon Femenino player was recognized for being part of FIFA's ideal women's eleven, an aspect that continues to enhance her wonderful career in soccer on the old continent.
The best fans
As expected, Argentina was left with this important award. The atmosphere of all the Argentines in the World Cup in Qatar and the encouragement that they generated in all the commitments of the 'Albiceleste' led them to keep this recognition.
The Pedro Pascual rosary, better known as Tula, was in charge of receiving this award on behalf of all Argentine fans. In his thank-you speech, the 82-year-old fan mentioned that it is a privilege to be recognized since the 1974 World Cup and that he hopes to continue supporting his country until God allows it.
The only star of Brazil
Manchester United midfielder Casemiro has been chosen to be part of FIFA's ideal men's eleven. The Brazilian midfielder has been the only footballer from his country to have been recognized at these awards, an aspect that amplifies the bad moment for the 'Canarinha'.
In this eleven also appears the Argentine Lionel Messi, a player who has been the clear winner of the night, since he has shown that he is still valid in the best soccer in the world.
The king of Argentina
Lionel Andrés Messi has been decided once again as the best soccer player in the world. His stupendous participation in the last world championship and his outstanding performances at PSG have led this Argentine player to be recognized once again with this award.
In his thank-you speech, the Argentine star was very happy to be able to obtain this award, this being the sign that he still has a lot of talent to give to world soccer. In addition to this, the captain of the Argentine National Team mentioned how important all his teammates were in the 'Albiceleste' to be able to fulfill one of his greatest dreams as a professional player.
With this award, Latin America closed a dream night, since the continent has been left with the most relevant awards of this ceremony. On the other hand, it is essential to highlight the growth of women's soccer on the continent, since, little by little, the great South American exponents in this sport have begun to be recognized.