Robert Lewandowski was named The Best FIFA Men’s Award for 2021 on Monday as a nod to the fantastic season he had.
The Poland star who first won the award in 2020, saw off competition from Lionel Messi, whom he lost the Ballon d’Or to, and Mohamed Salah to bag the laurel for the second consecutive year.
Meanwhile, Cristiano Ronaldo was given the FIFA Special Best Award in recognition of him becoming the highest-scoring men’s player in international football history.
Ronaldo broke the record set by former Iran hero Ali Daei in September when he scored his 110th goal for his country. He has since taken his tally up to 115.
Other winners of the night include:
Alexia Putellas; The Best FIFA Women’s Player; Chelsea’s Edouard Mendy; The Best FIFA Goalkeeper; Chelsea Manager Thomas Tuchel, The Best FIFA Manager; Erik Lamela won the Puska award for best goal.
The Denmark national team and its medical and coaching staff have been honored with the Fair Play Award for their reaction to Christian Eriksen’s cardiac arrest during their Euro 2020 match.
The World XI for 2021 was also unveiled, consisting of a goalkeeper, three defenders, three midfielders, and four attackers, with the notable absence of Mo Salah.