Polish football player Robert Lewandowski won The Best FIFA Men’s Player of the Year, award presented by the International Federation of Football Associations during The Best gala, ahead of the Egyptian international Mohamed Salah and the Argentine Lionel Messi.
The three candidates excelled during the last season, as Salah led the Reds to settle a qualifying position in the continental championship, Lewandowski won the German League, and Messi won the Copa America.
The young Senegalese international goalkeeper Edouard Mendy won The Best FIFA Men’s Goalkeeper, during the ceremony, which was held on Monday evening at the headquarters of the International Football Association in the Swiss city of Zurich.
Tottenham Hotspur’s Erik Lamela won the FIFA Puskás Award for the best goal.
Denmark’s national team, medical team and staff won year’s FIFA Fair Play Award for their handling of when Christian Eriksen slumped to the ground during the UEFA EURO 2020 match between Denmark and Finland on 12 June 2021.
German coach Thomas Tuchel won The Best FIFA Men’s Coach.
Denmark and Finland fans won The Best FIFA Fan Award.
Salah was absent from the FIFA Gala due to his presence with the Egyptian national team in the African Cup of Nations.
Egypt is preparing to face Sudan on Wednesday at the conclusion of the group stage matches of AFCON.
The award ceremony was held amid strict precautionary measures against coronavirus at the headquarters of FIFA.
The Best ceremony was broadcast on the beIN Sports network, the official broadcaster of the celebration. It was also broadcasted on the Egyptian sports network Ontime Sport.