Lionel Messi was named the best men's player of 2022 in Paris ©Getty Images

Lionel Messi and Alexia Putellas were named the best players of 2022 at the Best FIFA Football Awards in Paris.

Argentina and Paris St-Germain star Messi won the FIFA World Cup in Qatar last year and beat club teammate Kylian Mbappé and Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema for the title.

Barcelona and Spain player Putellas was named women's player of the year for the second consecutive year, ahead of Beth Mead of England and Alex Morgan of the United States.

"It's amazing. It's been a tremendous year and it's an honour for me to be here and win this award," Messi said. 

"Without my team-mates I wouldn't be here.

"I achieved the dream I had been hoping for so long.

"Very few people can achieve that and I have been lucky to do so."

Alexia Putellas was named women's player of the year for the second consecutive year ©Getty Images
Alexia Putellas was named women's player of the year for the second consecutive year ©Getty Images

The 2022 Best FIFA Football Awards also saw a touching tribute to Brazilian football great Pelé, who passed away last December at the age of 82.

The three-time FIFA World Cup winner’s wife Marcia Aoki was present at the ceremony, accepting a special recognition award in his honour.

FIFA President Gianni Infantino and 2002 World Cup winner Ronaldo, nicknamed O Fenômeno, were among those to pay tributes to Pelé.

"Pele is eternal. He is with us. He will always be with us," Infantino said.

Mary Earps of England won the Best Women's Goalkeeper award, beating Ann-Katrin Berger of Germany and Christiane Endler of Chile.

Earps started every game as the Lionesses won Euro 2022, beating Germany in the final.

Argentina goalkeeper Emiliano Martínez bagged the men’s title.

Martínez, who faced criticism for his bizarre celebrations and antics after wining the World Cup in Qatar, beat Morocco star Yassine Bounou and Real Madrid and Belgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois for the top prize.

Among 11 nominees, including France start Kylian Mbappé, amputee football star Marcin Oleksy of Warta Poznan won the Puskas Award for a sensational scissor kick finish.

Lionel Scaloni, who led Argentina to their third World Cup title, was named men's coach of the year while England manager Sarina Wiegman got the women's equivalent.

The FIFA Fair Play Award went to Luka Lochoshvili of Georgia.

The defender who plays for U.S. Cremonese currently, got the recognition for a brave act while playing for former club Wolfsberger AC as he helped Georg Teigl to remove his tongue from the throat after a nasty collision with opponent Nikolas Veratschnig.