Robert Lewandowski beats Lionel Messi, Mohamed Salah to best player honour.
The Best Men’s Player of the Year award at The Best of 2021 ceremony
The 33-year-old Lewandowski, who set a Bundesliga goal record last season, won the
trophy for the second time, edging Argentine Lionel Messi of Paris Saint-Germain
and Egyptian Mohamed Salah of Liverpool.
“I’m happy and honoured to win this award, and I feel very proud,” said Lewandowski
It was some consolation for the Polish striker who lost out to Messi for the Ballon
d’Or in November.
For Putellas, it marked an awards double as the Spaniard triumphed over Barcelona
teammate Jennifer Hermoso and Chelsea’s Australian striker Sam Kerr, just as she did
for the Ballon d’Or.
The 27-year-old midfielder enjoyed an exceptional 2020-2021 season with Barcelona
when she led the Catalans to the Spanish league and cup double as well as the
“This trophy is for everyone in the team,” Putellas said. “The trophy will be an
inspiration for us all.”
Cristiano Ronaldo won the Special Award for setting a record of most international
goals scored for his country, beating Ali Daei’s mark of 109 with Iran.
The 36-year-old Ronaldo now has 115 goals from 184 games with Portugal.
“I never expected to beat this record, and I thank my teammates from these past 20
years,” said Ronaldo, who also holds the record for 140 Champions League goals.
Chelsea’s Edouard Mendy and Christiane Endler of Lyon won the goalkeeping awards.
Chelsea picked up both coaching awards through Thomas Tuchel and Emma Hayes.
Erik Lamela, now of Sevilla, won the best goal award for his trick rabona shot for
Spurs in the North London derby.
The medical staff and players of Denmark, who had to deal with Christian Eriksen’s
collapse on the field at the Euro won the “fair-play” award.