LIONEL MESSI pipped Erling Haaland to Fifa’s The Best award thanks to a little-known rule.
The pair finished with the same number of votes from national team captains, managers, a media panel and fan vote for the gong.
However, it was Messi who won The Best men’s player trophy for a record third time.
Of his votes, though, Messi had more from the national team captains to see him named winner on the tiebreak.
England skipper Harry Kane was amongst those to pick the World Cup winner ahead of Haaland.
Messi was not present at Monday’s ceremony to collect his award, though, with host Thierry Henry collecting the trophy on his behalf.
He scored nine goals for PSG as they won Ligue 1 last season, which he followed with 10 strikes in seven games to inspire Inter Miami to the inaugural Leagues Cup.
As for Haaland, the Norwegian’s 36 Premier League goals in 2022-23 saw him win the European Golden Boot.
Across all competitions, the City striker scored a club-record 52 goals as he helped power Pep Guardiola’s side to the treble.
Elsewhere at Monday’s ceremony, Spain’s Aitana Bonmati was named the best women’s player.
City’s Pep Guardiola and Ederson picked up the men’s coach and goalkeeper gongs.