Lionel Messi has once again added to his collections after he was named 2022 AIPS Male Athlete of the year following his impressive performances in 2022.
Messi played a pivotal role in leading Argentina to their third World Cup trophy, winning the player of the tournament award.
AIPS is the body of International Sports Journalist which was founded in 1924 in Paris.
Messi polled 962 points, Armand Duplantis recorded 373 points, while PSG star Mbappe earned 366 points to finish third.
A panel of 420 Journalists from 120 countries voted to decide the best athletes.
Barcelona Femeni star, Alexia Puttelas won the Female athlete of the year award with 452 points followed by American swinmer Katie Ledecky with 295 points and Venezuelan Yulimar Rosa’s with 243 points.
Puttelas also won the 2022 Women’s Ballon d’or following an inspiring year for Barcelona Femeni.
Lionel Messi finally ended his agonising wait for a World Cup trophy in Qatar, shipping in seven goals and three assists to cement his place as one of the greatest players to play football.