LIONEL Messi won the FIFA Men's Player of the Year award as his beaten rival Cristiano Ronaldo stayed away from the star-studded ceremony in Milan's iconic La Scala Opera House on Monday.

[MILAN] Lionel Messi won the Fifa men's Player of the Year award on Monday with Megan Rapinoe bagging the women's prize to cap a historic year for the United States' World Cup icon.

[ASUNCION] Argentina star Lionel Messi was banned from playing for his national team for three months and fined US$50,000 on Friday by CONMEBOL after he heavily criticised the South American...