Robert Lewandowski named Best FIFA Men's Player for 2021

The annual Best FIFA Football Awards happened yesterday in Switzerland; these are voted for by media representatives, national team coaches, and national team captains.

Robert Lewandowski

The 2022 ceremony happened at the FIFA Headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland last evening, with Lewandowski going in as the favourite having won the award in 2021.

The full list included Karim Benzema, Kevin de Bruyne, Erling Haaland, Jorginho, N'Golo Kante, Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappe, Neymar, Cristiano Ronaldo, Mohamed Salah and the Poland international.

On receiving the trophy, Lewandowski thanked everyone for appreciating him and he also added that he is feeling proud.

"I know it belongs to my team-mates and coaches. We all work hard to win the games. It is special to work with these guys around me.”

"I never dreamt about breaking Gerd Muller's. To score 41 in 29 games, if you asked me this a few years ago if it is possible, I would tell you it is impossible. I also say to him thank you.”

He added that Gerd Muller's set so many records and to him its been a calling to try and them.

According to Messi while he was giving his speech yesterday at the event, he thinks French football should award Lewandowiski the 2020 Ballon d’Or because he deserved it. Last year it was Messi that won the 2021 Ballon d'Or.

Lewandowski had told press about his disappointment after not winning the Ballon d’Or, "I felt sadness. I can't deny it.”

On the other side, Liverpool's Mo Salah was dropped out of FIFA FIFPro XI while Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi were both named in the FIFA FIFPro Men's World11 for 2021 alongside Chelsea's Jorginho and N'Golo Kante. The team got five premier league players.

Despite having 23 goals in 26 appearances this season, Mohammed Salah was not named in the XI despite being nominated for the main award.

The full XI that was selected includes; Gianluigi Donnarumma, David Alaba, Ruben Dias, Leonardo Bonucci, Jorginho, N'Golo Kante, Kevin De Bruyne, Cristiano Ronaldo, Erling Haaland, Robert Lewandowski and Lionel Messi.

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