Fifa Best 2021 LIVE: Robert Lewandowski wins men’s player of the year as Alexia Putellas scoops women’s prize

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Fifa Best 2021 LIVE: Robert Lewandowski wins men’s player of the year as Alexia Putellas scoops women’s prize
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Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski won the men’s player award for the second year running.

The 33-year-old Poland international set a new record for most Bundesliga goals in a calendar year with his 43rd goal in December, breaking the record set by Gerd Muller in 1972. Lewandowski, winner of the men’s award in 2020, also became the first player in Bundesliga history to finish top scorer in four consecutive seasons.

Barcelona midfielder Alexia Putellas was named women’s player of the year, adding the accolade to her Ballon d’Or triumph. Putellas, 27, captained Barcelona to the treble, with the Catalan side winning the Women’s Champions League, Spanish league and Copa de la Reina last term.

Follow for live updates and reaction from the ceremony:

The FIFA Best Awards 2022

  • Chelsea’s Mendy crowned best men’s keeper; Lyon’s Endler wins women’s keeper award

  • Tottenham’s Erik Lamela wins Puskask Award for rabona finish against Arsenal

  • Chelsea’s Emma Hayes wins best women’s coach; Thomas Tuchel takes men’s award

  • Lucy Bronze among women’s world XI team; Messi and Ronaldo make men’s XI once more

  • Alexia Putellas wins women’s player of the year

  • Robert Lewandowski wins men’s individual award for second year

A recap of all the awards

21:15 , Sarah Rendell

A lot of awards were handed out this evening and the debates are still rumbling on social media. But in case you missed the ceremony, here is a full list of all the winners:

Special award: Christine Sinclair

Special award: Cristiano Ronaldo

Men’s player of the year: Robert Lewandowski

Women’s player of the year: Alexia Putellas

Women’s coach: Emma Hayes

Men’s coach: Thomas Tuchel

The women’s world XI is: Christiane Endler; Lucy Bronze, Wendy Renard, Millie Bright, Magdalena Eriksson; Estefania Banini, Carli Lloyd, Barbara Bonansea; Vivianne Miedema, Marta, Alex Morgan

The men’s world XI is: Gianluigi Donnarumma; David Alaba, Ruben Dias, Leonardo Bonucci; Jorginho, N’Golo Konte, Kevin de Bruyne; Cristiano Ronaldo, Erling Haaland, Robert Lewandowski, Lionel Messi

Best fans: Denmark and Finland fans

Fair Play: Denmark’s medical team and players

Puskas: Erik Lamela

Men’s goalkeeper: Edouard Mendy

Women’s goalkeeper: Christiane Endler

Hayes “stunned” to win

21:00 , Sarah Rendell

Emma Hayes won the women’s coach award at the ceremony and looked shocked to have claimed the award.

Hayes led Chelsea to the domestic treble last season and they reached their first Champions League final.

She said upon winning: “Honestly I’m not usually stunned! The fantastic people that represent my work, ultimately a coach is only as good as the people around them.

“Everybody in the country [England] are building towards this moment [Euro 2022]. Let’s hope the crowds are big.”

Sinclair wants to “continue the fight"

20:51 , Sarah Rendell

Christine Sinclair broke the record for most international goals in 2021 when she scored her 185th for Canada. The star is now on 188 with the total only growing.

She won a Special Award for the achievement at the ceremony this evening and said she wants to continue the fight for women’s football.

“To be able to inspire young girls to pursue their dreams is pretty cool,” she said. “I would like to take this time to thank Fifa for this recognition. I’d like to acknowledge my family.

“For my parents constant support, my brother for tolerating me! I’ve always wanted to be him. What truly matters most is the experiences I have had. To all my teammates and staff members along the way.

“The thing I’m most proud of was being in the sport where their was limited support to now. I want to say women’s football, female athletes, have often been an after thought and my goal now is to continue the fight.”

Lewandowski on Muller

20:42 , Sarah Rendell

The ceremony paid tribute to Gerd Muller, who sadly died in August, and after Robert Lewandowski won the men’s payer of the year he paid tribute to him.

The striker broke his record for the most goals in a Bundesliga season which contributed to him winning the gong.

He said: “I never dreamed of breaking this record - to score 41 goals in 29 games. If you asked me a few years ago I would have said it is impossible to score so many goals in Bundesliga. Now he [Muller] is not with us anymore, I want to say thank you to him - the next step was to try and break that record.”

Read the full story:

Robert Lewandowski wins Fifa Best Award 2021 for second year in a row

Best goalkeepers revealed

20:33 , Sarah Rendell

Edouard Mendy won the men’s goalkeeper award but wasn’t included in the men’s World XI. Italy’s Gianluigi Donnarumma was part of the team for his efforts at Euro 2020 where he saved three penalties to defeat England in the final.

However, Mendy was named the men’s keeper for his spectacular saves at club level where he helped Chelsea win the Champions League.

Both keepers were celebrated but some raised an eyebrow at the lack of consistency.

Putellas adds to Ballon d’Or success

20:22 , Sarah Rendell

Alexia Putellas has won the 2021 Best Fifa Women’s Player award to complete a double of major individual honours following her victory at the Ballon d’Or last month.

The Barcelona captain saw off competition from teammate Jennifer Hermoso and Chelsea striker Sam Kerr to win the award at a ceremony in Zurich on Monday night.

She becomes the first Spanish player to win the award after playing a key role in Barcelona’s dominant treble-winning campaign, which saw the club lift the Women’s Champions League as well as the Primera División and Copa de la Reina.

Full story:

Alexia Putellas wins Fifa Best Award 2021 to add to Ballon d’Or success

Lamela: I didn’t think before rabona goal

20:12 , Sarah Rendell

Eric Lamela said he didn’t think before hitting the ball to score his rabona against Arsenal in 2021. The stunning strike saw him win the Puskas award, meaning a Tottenham goal won the gong for the second year in a row

He said: “Honestly in that moment I didn’t think too much. I didn’t really how special the goal was.

“To be fair I never practice this shot during training. It comes in a second, finding the best way to shoot.”

Read the full story:

Erik Lamela wins Puskas Award for stunning rabona goal against Arsenal

More reaction to the Women’s World XI

20:02 , Sarah Rendell

Alexia Putellas won the women’s player of the year which rounded off a good awards season for the star as she claimed the Ballon d’Or as well. This came after she won the domestic treble and the Champions League with Barcelona last season.

However, she wasn’t included in the World XI which has caused huge discussion on social media. In fact, none of the shortlisted women’s player of the year candidates were included in the World XI.

Here is some more reaction about it:

So why did the men’s World XI have four forwards?

19:54 , Sarah Rendell

Some people were thrown that four strikers were selected for the men’s World XI. Cristiano Ronaldo, Robert Lewandowski, Lionel Messi and Erling Haaland were all named which was a bit rogue.

The players vote for the World XI and so Fifa and Fifpro do not select the team. Journalist Rik Sharma explains: “the goalkeeper, as well as the three defenders, three midfielders and three forwards who received the most votes will be selected for the World 11.

“The remaining spot will be assigned to the outfield player with the next highest number of votes who is not selected already.”

However some fans are surprised Ronaldo was selected over the like of Kylian Mbappe and Karim Benzema.

What an evening for Chelsea!

19:45 , Sarah Rendell

Chelsea got the double in coaching with Emma Hayes and Thomas Tuchel picking up their respective awards.

They also claimed the men’s goalkeeper as Edouard Mendy won the gong which meant the club benefitted most out of all the domestic sides.

It’s easy to see why as the women’s team won the domestic treble and the men’s claimed the Champions League.

For all the details, read below:

Chelsea sweep Fifa Best coaching awards as Thomas Tuchel and Emma Hayes win prizes

Women’s World XI raises a few eyebrows

19:40 , Sarah Rendell

The Women’s World XI has caused some fans and reporters to raise an eyebrow, particularly as none of the shortlisted women’s players of the year were included.

The bigger shock though was the lack of Spanish players, especially Barcelona stars, were included. Barcelona completely dominated European football last season by winning the domestic treble and the Champions League.

The Women’s World XI was: Christiane Endler; Lucy Bronze, Wendy Renard, Millie Bright, Magdalena Eriksson; Estefania Banini, Carli Lloyd, Barbara Bonansea; Vivianne Miedema, Marta, Alex Morgan.

Here are some tweets that show the bewilderment:

A little recap

19:35 , Sarah Rendell

So the reports of the favourites were correct with Robert Lewandowski and Alexia Putellas winning the men and women’s player of the year at the Fifa Best awards.

Slightly strange Putellas wasn’t included in the women’s world XI but Lewandowski is walking away with two awards as he was named in the men’s XI.

If you missed it here are the details from those awards:

Alexia Putellas wins Fifa Best Award 2021 to add to Ballon d’Or success

Robert Lewandowski wins Fifa Best Award 2021 for second year in a row

Round up of all the awards!

19:28 , Sarah Rendell

There have been a lot of awards this evening and so here’s a round up of all the winners.

Special award: Christine Sinclair

Special award: Cristiano Ronaldo

Men’s player of the year: Robert Lewandowski

Women’s player of the year: Alexia Putellas

Women’s coach: Emma Hayes

Men’s coach: Thomas Tuchel

The women’s world XI is: Christiane Endler; Lucy Bronze, Wendy Renard, Millie Bright, Magdalena Eriksson; Estefania Banini, Carli Lloyd, Barbara Bonansea; Vivianne Miedema, Marta, Alex Morgan

The men’s world XI is: Gianluigi Donnarumma; David Alaba, Ruben Dias, Leonardo Bonucci; Jorginho, N’Golo Konte, Kevin de Bruyne; Cristiano Ronaldo, Erling Haaland, Robert Lewandowski, Lionel Messi

Best fans: Denmark and Finland fans

Fair Play: Denmark’s medical team and players

Puskas: Eric Lamela

Men’s goalkeeper: Edouard Mendy

Women’s goalkeeper: Christiane Endler

Fifa Best awards - Cristiano Ronaldo wins a special award

19:22 , Sarah Rendell

Cristiano Ronaldo has won a special award for becoming the men’s international highest scorer with 115.

We heard earlier from Christine Sinclair, who is the most international goals with 185.

Ronaldo, who is in the studio, said: “This is very beautiful.

“I never thought I’d beat the record. I’m proud, it’s a special award from Fifa. I have to say thank you to my family, my wife and kids.”

Fifa Best awards - Robert Lewandowski men’s player of the year

19:17 , Sarah Rendell

Now this one could cause a few debates!

Lionel Messi, Robert Lewandowski and Mo Salah are all shortlisted.

Lewandowski has retained his award!

“Thank you I am very honoured to win this trophy. I feel very proud. This belongs to my teammates and coaches.

“I say thank you to Gerd Muller, the next step was to try and break that record.”

Fifa Best awards - Alexia Putellas women’s player of the year

19:14 , Sarah Rendell

Gianni Infantino presented the women’s player of the year.

Barcelona’s Jennifer Hermoso and Alexia Putellas and Chelsea’s Sam Kerr were shortlisted.

Alexia Putellas has won and backs up her Ballon d’Or, she is the first Spanish women’s footballer to win the award.

“I’d like to thank all my teammates and congratulate them as this award is for all of us. This award will make us play with the same motivation this season,” she said.

Fifa Best awards - Fifa Fifpro world XI revealed

18:59 , Sarah Rendell

The women’s world XI is: Christiane Endler; Lucy Bronze, Wendy Renard, Millie Bright, Magdalena Eriksson; Estefania Banini, Carli Lloyd, Barbara Bonansea; Vivianne Miedema, Marta, Alex Morgan.

Bronze said: “I don’t think I can put words to be in this team, to be a role model for girls and boys across the world.”

The men’s world XI is: Gianluigi Donnarumma; David Alaba, Ruben Dias, Leonardo Bonucci; Jorginho, N’Golo Konte, Kevin de Bruyne; Cristiano Ronaldo, Erling Haaland, Robert Lewandowski, Lionel Messi.

Alaba said: “I think it when it comes to strikers, we need to focus on the defenders.”

Fifa Best awards - Denmark and Finland fans win Fifa fans award

18:51 , Sarah Rendell

Julio Cesar presented the Fifa fans award.

Denmark and Finland fans, German football fans and Imogen Papworth-Heidel were all shortlisted.

Denmark and Finland fans have won for their actions during Christen Eriksen’s cardiac arrest at Euro 2020.

Fifa Best awards - Thomas Tuchel wins men’s coach

18:45 , Sarah Rendell

Arsene Wenger presented the Best men’s coach award.

Man City’s Pep Guardiola, Chelsea’s Thomas Tuchel and Italy’s Roberto Mancini were shortlisted for the award.

It’s a double for Chelsea! Tuchel won the Champions League with the Blues last season.

“I’m overwhelmed. I feel a bit uncomfortable actually,” he said. “I enjoy the journey and the club. It’s a good fit. The company on the journey is good and I’m grateful to have such good people around me.

“I’m a huge admirer of Wenger’s work.”

Fifa Best award - Emma Hayes wins women’s coach

18:39 , Sarah Rendell

Jill Ellis came via video link to present the award for the best women’s coach.

Barcelona’s Lluís Cortés, Chelsea’s Emma Hayes and England’s Sarina Wiegman were all shortlisted.

Emma Hayes looks visibly shocked! Chelsea won the domestic treble last season.

“Honestly I’m not usually stunned! The fantastic people that represent my work, ultimately a coach is only as good as the people around them.

“Everybody in the country [England] are building towards this moment [Euro 2022]. Let’s hope the crowds are big.”

Fifa Best awards - Denmark’s medical team and players win Fair Play award

18:34 , Sarah Rendell

Fatma Samoura presented the Fifa Fair Play award.

Denmark’s medical team and players have been nominated for their action for Christian Eriksen.

Scott Brown was nominated for embracing Kamara and Claudio Ranieri was nominated for telling his team to perform a guard of honour.

“It’s a great honour for me to stand here and receive this award. We are a big family and we were standing together for the whole nation.”

Fifa Best awards - Lamela wins the Puskas award

18:29 , Sarah Rendell

Yaya Toure presented the Puskas award.

Erik Lamela (Arsenal vs Tottenham, Premier League March 2021), Patrik Schick (Czech Republic vs Scotland, Euro 2020 June 2021), Mehdi Taremi (Chelsea vs FC Porto, Champions League April 2021) were shortlisted.

Lamela won and said: “Honestly in that moment I didn’t think too much. I didn’t really how special the goal was.

“To be fair I never practice this shot during training. It comes in a second, finding the best way to shoot.”

Fifa Best awards - Edouard Mendy wins best men’s goalkeeper

18:21 , Sarah Rendell

Pete Schmeichel presented the men’s goalkeeper award.

Gianluigi Donnarumma, Edouard Mendy and Manuel Neuer were all shortlisted.

A technical issue means he can’t join via video link.

Mendy won the Champions League with Chelsea and is currently at the Africa Cup of Nations with Senegal.

“The influence he has had in this team is absolutely fantastic,” Schmeichel said.

Fifa Best awards - Christiane Endler wins best women’s goalkeeper

18:16 , Sarah Rendell

Fara Williams, England’s most capped player with 172, presented women’s goalkeeper.

Ann-Katrin Berger, Stephanie Labbe and Christiane Endler were all shortlisted.

Christiane Endler won the award and she has become the first South American winner of the gong. The Chilean has been nominated three times and it’s the first time she has received it.

“I want to win the Champions League with Lyon. That’s my dream and I hope we can do it this year,” she said.

“Third time lucky!”

Fifa Best awards - Sinclair wins Fifa Best Special Award

18:10 , Sarah Rendell

Sinclair broke the record for the most international goals with her 185th scored, she now has 188. In 2021 she also helped Canada win gold at the Tokyo Olympics.

“To be able to inspire young girls to pursue their dreams is pretty cool,” she said.

“I would like to take this time to thank Fifa for this recognition. I’d like to acknowledge my family.

“For my parents constant support, my brother for tolerating me! I’ve always wanted to be him.

“What truly matters most is the experiences I have had. To all my teammates and staff members along the way.

“The thing I’m most proud of was being in the sport where their was limited support to now. I want to say women’s football, female athletes, have often been an after thought and my goal now is to continue the fight.”

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Fifa Best awards

18:06 , Sarah Rendell

The ceremony has started in a tribute to fans as they were welcomed back into stadiums following the pandemic restrictions.

The highlights reel is quite emotional!

Gianni Infantino has also been welcomed to the stage.

He said: “First of all let me take a few seconds to welcome everyone. Welcome to the home of Fifa here at in the beautiful city of Zurich.

“I really hope it’s the last time the Best award event is organised online. Next year we hope to do it again in person.

“We have all been suffering over the last two years but it’s important the ball is rolling. It’s important to know health comes first but football is there to bring joy.”

We are starting with a celebration of Canada’s Christine Sinclair, the player with the most international goals.

Fifa Best awards begin!

18:00 , Sarah Rendell

Here we go!

The ceremony is underway so stay tuned for all the action...

Fifa Best minutes away..

17:52 , Sarah Rendell

The ceremony will start in under ten minutes and hosts Reshmin Chowdhury and Jermaine Jenas will opening the awards.

The stars will be ready, suited and booted, to see if they have claimed the award with football Twitter already abuzz with who may get their hands on the trophies.

The ceremony will be a few hours and so keep me company as I bring you all the latest updates, news and interesting parts of the event!

All you need to know ahead of the awards

17:42 , Sarah Rendell

The Fifa Best awards get underway at 6pm GMT and discussions over who will win the awards has begun on social media.

Robert Lewandowski and Alexia Putellas are thought to be favourites to claim the big gongs.

But fans will be wondering how can they watch as the awards are not on TV this evening. Supporters will be able to stream the ceremony online, on the Fifa website and on their YouTube channel.

For all other details, click here:

Fifa Best awards 2021 live stream: How to watch ceremony online and on TV tonight

Shortlists in full

17:31 , Sarah Rendell

We are under half an hour away from the ceremony beginning and so this is the perfect time to remind you of who is nominated this evening.

The world XI for men and women will also be announced at the event but the shortlists are as follows:

Fifa Men’s Player

  • Robert Lewandowski (Poland and Bayern Munich)

  • Lionel Messi (Argentina, Barcelona and PSG)

  • Mo Salah (Egypt and Liverpool )

Fifa Women’s Player

  • Jennifer Hermoso (Spain and Barcelona)

  • Alexia Putellas (Spain and Barcelona)

  • Sam Kerr (Australia and Chelsea)

Fifa Men’s Coach

  • Pep Guardiola (Man City)

  • Thomas Tuchel (Chelsea)

  • Roberto Mancini (Italy)

Fifa Women’s Coach

  • Lluís Cortés (Barcelona)

  • Emma Hayes (Chelsea)

  • Sarina Wiegman (Netherlands and England)

Fifa Men’s Goalkeeper

  • Gianluigi Donnarumma (Italy, AC Milan and PSG)

  • Edouard Mendy (Senegal and Chelsea)

  • Manuel Neuer (Germay and Bayern Munich)

Fifa Women’s Goalkeeper

  • Ann-Katrin Berger (Germany and Chelsea)

  • Christiane Endler (Chiles, PSG and Lyon)

  • Stephanie Lynn Marie Labbé (Canada, Rosengrad and PSG)

Puskas Award

  • Erik Lamela (Arsenal vs Tottenham, Premier League March 2021)

  • Patrik Schick (Czech Republic vs Scotland, Euro 2020 June 2021)

  • Mehdi Taremi (Chelsea vs FC Porto, Champions League April 2021)

Will Lewandowski win?

17:18 , Sarah Rendell

Robert Lewandowski has continued his sparkling form this season and has scored 34 goals across all competitions so far.

2021 was a great year for the striker with many believing he should have won the Ballon d’Or over Lionel Messi - his rival nominee this evening.

It will be a difficult one to decide but we will find out who claims the award in the next few hours. The ceremony will begin in just under 45 minutes and here’s a highlights reel of Lewandowski:

Who has been shortlisted?

17:08 , Sarah Rendell

The Fifa Best award nominations started as a sprawling list but now each category had been whittled down to a shortlist.

A lot of debate has already been happening around who has been cut and discussions are sure to get more intense over the next few hours as the winners are announced.

Robert Lewandowski, Mo Salah and Lionel Messi are up for the men’s award with Jennifer Hermoso, Alexia Putellas and Sam Kerr nominated for the women’s.

There’s just under an hour to go until the awards begin so familiarise yourself with the nominations and stay tune for the winners:

Lionel Messi, Mohamed Salah and Robert Lewandowski shortlisted for Fifa Best award

What awards will be handed out?

16:56 , Sarah Rendell

It’s not just the best women’s and men’s player and coach that will be awarded this evening with 11 gongs set to be handed out.

There will be a lot of debate surrounding all the categories and there’s sure to be some discussions on social media, particularly around the Fifa Fifpro men’s world XI and Fifa Fifpro women’s world XI.

But what are all the awards and who has been shortlisted? Here’s all you need to know:

When are the Fifa Best awards and who is nominated in 2022?

Has rightful winner been left out?

16:46 , Sarah Rendell

When the shortlists were announced for women’s coach it caused a slight outcry as Beverly Priestman wasn’t included.

The star coached Canada gold at the Tokyo Olympics but was overlooked with Chelsea’s Emma Hayes, Barcelona’s Lluis Cortes and England’s Sarina Wiegman put forward instead.

Of course the three nominated have achieved great things. Hayes won the domestic treble, Cortes claimed the domestic treble and the Champions League and Wiegman has started her reign at England unbeaten.

One person who was among those confused at the omission was former Manchester United manager Casey Stoney. She tweeted: “Nothing against the three that are nominated but what Bev achieved last summer winning gold with Canada was absolutely remarkable. Cannot get my head around this.”

Who is nominated for the men’s gong?

16:35 , Sarah Rendell

One of the tightest categories at the awards will be the men’s as the strikers nominated have been unbelievable.

Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski, the last winner of the award, is nominated and so far this season he has scored 34 goals across all competitions. Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah is also up for the gong and he’s been smashing records at the Premier League club this campaign. He became the first Red to score in nine consecutive matches and he is now the club’s all-time leading Champions League scorer.

And the final star up for the award is Paris Saint-Germain’s Lionel Messi. Injury and Covid has hampered his performances this season but he did manage to get his hands on the Ballon d’Or after helping Argentina win the Copa America. Will he also win Fifa’s Best? We will doon find out.

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Who is up for the women’s award?

16:25 , Sarah Rendell

Barcelona stars Jennifer Hermoso and Alexia Putellas are nominated for the women’s award alongside Chelsea’s Sam Kerr.

Kermoso and Putellas won the domestic treble and the Champions League last season and were integral to the club’s achievements. Meanwhile Kerr won the domestic treble as well as winning the Women’s Super League’s Golden Boot. The Australian captain also led her country to fourth at the Tokyo Olympics.

It’s thought Putellas is favourite to win after her Ballon d’Or victory but the competition between the players is close. We will find out who has claimed the gong in just a few hours time.

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Who is hosting the awards?

16:13 , Sarah Rendell

We are less than two hours away from the Fifa Best awards getting underway and Reshmin Chowdhury and Jermaine Jenas will be guiding fans through the evening.

The ceremony is available to watch at fifa.com or on the governing body’s YouTube channel.

There are an array of stars nominated for the gongs with Robert Lewandowski and Alexia Putellas rumoured to be favourites to claim the men and women’s awards.

Take a look at the Puskas nominees

16:03 , Sarah Rendell

There are some cracking goals nominated for the Puskas award this year and I think they are all worth a re-watch.

The nominees are: Patrik Schick (Czech Republic vs Scotland, Euro 2020 June 2021), Erik Lamela (Arsenal vs Tottenham, Premier League March 2021) and Mehdi Taremi (Chelsea vs FC Porto, Champions League April 2021).

We will find out the winner from 6pm this evening so stay tuned for all the updates.

So when do the Fifa Best awards start?

15:53 , Sarah Rendell

Award season is back and football royalty will be in their finest outfits for the Fifa Best awards this evening.

Robert Lewandowski and Alexia Putellas are thought to be favourites to claim the big gongs. However, there are loads of debate around who should get their hands on the prizes.

But fans will be wondering how can they watch as the awards are not on TV this evening. Supporters will be able to stream the ceremony online, on the Fifa website and on their YouTube channel.

For all other details, click here:

Fifa Best awards 2021 live stream: How to watch ceremony online and on TV tonight

Fifa Best Awards

15:43 , Sarah Rendell

So today is the day, who will get their hands on the Fifa Best awards this evening? The nominations have already been cut to a shortlist and the competition is tough.

The shortlists are as follows:

Fifa Men’s Player

  • Robert Lewandowski (Poland and Bayern Munich)

  • Lionel Messi (Argentina, Barcelona and PSG)

  • Mo Salah (Egypt and Liverpool )

Fifa Women’s Player

  • Jennifer Hermoso (Spain and Barcelona)

  • Alexia Putellas (Spain and Barcelona)

  • Sam Kerr (Australia and Chelsea)

Fifa Men’s Coach

  • Pep Guardiola (Man City)

  • Thomas Tuchel (Chelsea)

  • Roberto Mancini (Italy)

Fifa Women’s Coach

  • Lluís Cortés (Barcelona)

  • Emma Hayes (Chelsea)

  • Sarina Wiegman (Netherlands and England)

Fifa Men’s Goalkeeper

  • Gianluigi Donnarumma (Italy, AC Milan and PSG)

  • Edouard Mendy (Senegal and Chelsea)

  • Manuel Neuer (Germay and Bayern Munich)

Fifa Women’s Goalkeeper

  • Ann-Katrin Berger (Germany and Chelsea)

  • Christiane Endler (Chiles, PSG and Lyon)

  • Stephanie Lynn Marie Labbé (Canada, Rosengrad and PSG)

Puskas Award

  • Erik Lamela (Arsenal vs Tottenham, Premier League March 2021)

  • Patrik Schick (Czech Republic vs Scotland, Euro 2020 June 2021)

  • Mehdi Taremi (Chelsea vs FC Porto, Champions League April 2021)

The Best FIFA Awards 2022

13:45 , Jamie Braidwood

Follow live updates from the Fifa Best Awards as the as the men’s and women’s player of the year are crowned in Zurich. Lionel Messi, Mohamed Salah and Robert Lewandowski are up for the men’s award, which is being handed out one month on from the Ballon d’Or. Messi was the winner on that occasion, beating Lewandowski to the prize, after a 2021 which saw the Argentina star claim a first major international honour with his country at the Copa America. He also won the Copa del Rey and finished as La Liga’s top scorer with Barcelona on his last season at the club, before moving to Paris Saint-Germain last summer.

Lewandowski will be hoping for a different result this time around. The Bayern Munich striker is looking to defend his Fifa Best title from last year and finish ahead of Messi once more, after many felt he should have won the Ballon d’Or following a record-breaking goalscoring season in the Bundesliga. Liverpool forward Salah is the Premier League’s top scorer with 16 goals so far this campaign and has been included in the top three despite finishing seventh in last month’s Ballon d’Or.

Alexia Putellas is the favourite to win the women’s award and add to her own Ballon d’Or win after her role in Barcelona’s dominant treble winning season. She is joined by teammate Jennifer Hermoso and Chelsea striker Sam Kerr on the final shortlist. Pep Guardiola, Thomas Tuchel and Emma Hayes are among the managers nominated for men’s and women’s coach of the year, while the Puskas Award for goal of the year and the Fifa Fifpro men’s and women’s world XI will also be revealed.

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