Liverpool's No.1 was presented with the prize at a ceremony in Milan on Monday night in acknowledgement of a remarkable first year with the Reds and his feats on the worldwide stage with Brazil.
Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino, whose team Liverpool defeated in the Champions League final, and City's Pep Guardiola had also been shortlisted.
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"I want to thank those who gave this prize to me", Messi said.
Dutch great Wim van Hanegem has encouraged Van Dijk work out his "laconic" style of play.
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"But today is a special day for me".
Lionel Messi arrives to attend the Best FIFA soccer awards, in Milan's La Scala theater, northern Italy, Monday, Sept. 23, 2019.
After all, last season was extraordinary for him, as he scored 51 goals in 50 appearances.
Rapinoe, a strong off-the-field activist who also refused a potential visit the White House when the USA were on track to retain their world title, said players should use their success to help others.
Rapinoe, 34, won the Golden Boot for most goals and Golden Ball for best player at the Women's World Cup earlier this summer after helping the United States of America win the tournament with six goals and three assists.
Champions League victor Van Dijk was nominated on a three-man shortlist earlier this month alongside Messi and Ronaldo for The Best FIFA Men's Player Award.