FIFA awards The Best awards: Messi, one of the three candidates for best player

Lionel Messi, Mohamed Salah and Robert Lewandowski are the three nominees for The Best award for the best footballer of 2021

Football dresses up for the delivery of The Best, the prizes created by the FIFA to distinguish the best of each year. On this occasion, due to the coronavirus pandemic, the ceremony takes place virtually, but this does not make it any less important when taking into account that the most important soccer players and coaches in the world are fighting for one of the most prestigious awards.

The ceremony began with images of what happened on the planet of football throughout the year. And with a brief speech by Gianni Infantino, president of the entity, highlighting the effort made by all the actors in the discipline in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.

The eyes of the planet are mainly focused on what happens in the men’s category that rewards the best soccer player of 2021. After an official nomination of 11 stars, the list was narrowed down to three candidates: the Argentine Lionel Messi, the Polish Robert Lewandowski and the egyptian Mohamed Salah.

The striker who last year moved from Barcelona to Paris Saint Germain (PSG) in a historic transfer and conquered the America Cup with his country’s national team, he has just won his seventh Golden Ball, having been chosen by a group of specialists selected by the French magazine France Soccer above the gunner Bayern Munich. This time a new competitor is added, Wrong, who is a figure in the Liverpool and has had a brilliant second half of 2021.

Lewandowski won the award at the last ceremony, while Messi was awarded in 2019 by FIFA. It will be a close fight on this occasion since both, like the Egyptian, have had great performances, worthy of recognition. In addition, it is the first time in this installment that Cristiano Ronaldo, winner of 2016 and 2017, is not among the ternados.

In this opportunity the votes are made up of four equal parts. One of the fans, who were able to choose their favorites on the official page of The Best, another of the votes cast by the captains of the teams that are part of FIFA, another by the coaches of those teams and the last by a journalist from each nation. As the vote is not secret, once the ceremony is over it will be possible to know the choice of each one.

In addition, the female category in which the Spanish from Barcelona fight stands out Jennifer Beautiful Y Alexia Putellas, together with the Australian from Chelsea Sam Kerr. There is also room for the most outstanding coaches of 2021, the ideal Men’s and Women’s XI will be announced and there is a Fair Play award and the Puskás for the best goal of the year.

FIFA celebrates the release of The Best (Reuters)
FIFA celebrates the release of The Best (Reuters)

Awards and Candidates

Male Footballer of the Year

Robert Lewandowski (Polonia – Bayern Múnich)

Lionel Messi (Argentina – Barcelona / PSG)

Mohamed Salah (Egipto – Liverpool)

Female Footballer of the Year

Jennifer Hermoso (Spain – Barcelona)

Sam Kerr (Australia – Chelsea)

Alexia Putellas (Spain – Barcelona)

Men’s Soccer Coach of the Year

Pep Guardiola (Spain – Manchester City)

Roberto Mancini (Italy – Italy national team)

Thomas Tuchel (Alemania – Chelsea)

Women’s Soccer Coach of the Year

Lluís Cortés (Spain – Barcelona)

Emma Hayes (England-Chelsea)

Sarina Wiegman (Netherlands – Netherlands National Team / England National Team)

goalkeeper of the year

Gianluigi Donnarumma (Italy – Milan / PSG)

douard Mendy (Senegal – Chelsea)

Manuel Neuer (Germany – Bayern Munich)

archer of the year

Ann-Katrin Berger (Alemania – Chelsea)

Christiane Endler (Chile – PSG / Lyon)

Stephanie Lynn Marie Labbé (Canada – Rosengard / PSG)

Hedvig Lindahl (Sweden – Atletico Madrid)

Alyssa Naeher (USA – Chicago Red Stars)

Premio Puskás

Érik Lamela (Tottenham vs. Arsenal, Premier League)

Patrik Shick (Czech Republic vs. Scotland, European Championship)

The Czech Republic footballer scored the best goal of the European Championship

Mehdi Taremi (Porto vs. Chelsea, Champions League)


3:00 p.m. time in Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay and Chile.

2:00 p.m. Venezuelan time.

13:00 time in Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia.

12:00 Mexico time.


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