Barcelona's Lionel Messi claimed the men's player of the year award at the Best FIFA awards in Milan tonight, beating off competition from Juventus' Cristiano Ronaldo and Liverpool's Virgil Van Dijk to win the accolade for a record sixth time. 

Messi, who won the La Liga title with Barcelona last season as well as the European golden boot, last won the award in 2015.

His win is somewhat of a surprise with Van Dijk, a centre-back who transformed Liverpool's defence on the way to the Champions League crown, having won the European best player award.

Messi's win at the La Scala Opera house also marks a return to the dominance of the Argentine and Ronaldo, who between them have won the award all but once since 2007.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp was named men's coach of the year.