We reveal all the award winners as they are announced
Hello and welcome along to this live blog detailing the award ceremony for FIFA’s ‘The Best’ awards. Mohamed Salah, Lionel Messi and Robert Lewandowski are competing for the men’s award after all three players had outstanding years in 2021, whilst there is also key focus on Sam Kerr, Alexia Putellas and Jennifer Hermoso for the women’s award.
This is the very beginning of our The Best FIFA Awards live blog, where we’ll have build-up news and then minute-by-minute updates from Zurich. As always, the entries nearest the top are the most recent.
Cristiano Ronaldo is here in Zurich to collect a special award for becoming the men’s international highest scorer with 115.
“It is a dream,” Cristiano began. “First of all, I have to say thank you to my teammates in the national team in the last 20 years that I used to play with.
“The record was 109, right? So six ahead. I am so proud. It is a special award from Fifa, an organisation I respect a lot. I also have to thank my family. Soon I will be a father again. I am proud. It is great to be the goalscorer of all time.
“I still have the passion for the game and to score goals. I play football since I was five years old. When I go to the pitch, even in training, my motivation is still there.
“Even 37 soon, I feel good. I keep working hard. I love the game and have the passion. I want to continue. I hope to play maybe four or five years, It is all mental. If you treat your body good, when you need it it will give back.”
Cristiano Ronaldo is the recipient of #TheBest FIFA Special Award!
Legend. Winner. Goalscoring machine. @Cristiano. pic.twitter.com/ZnzGMJKCEk
That is the Best FIFA Awards 2021 almost over, but we have one more trophy to give out…
Bayern Munich player Robert Lewandowski wins The Best FIFA Men’s Player award beating out Lionel Messi and Mohamed Salah.
“Thank you I am very honoured to win this trophy,” the Pole said. “I feel very proud. This belongs to my teammates and coaches.
“I never dream about breaking this record [of Gerd Muller]. To score 41 in 29 games, if you ask me that a few years ago if it is possible I would tell you it is impossible. I also say to him thank you. He set so many records and to me it was always the next step to try and break it.”
#TheBest FIFA Men’s Player Award 2021 goes to #RobertLewandowski!
Fans, players, coaches and journalists have spoken, naming @lewy_official as #TheBest! pic.twitter.com/21hfIDR3rI
Barcelona player Alexia Putellas wins The Best FIFA Women’s Player award beating out Chelsea superstar Sam Kerr, and Barcelona teammate Jenni Hermoso.
The Best in the World #TheBest FIFA Women’s Player Award 2021 goes to @alexiaputellas!
Men’s World XI: Donnarumma; Dias, Bonucci, Alaba; Jorginho, Kante, De Bruyne; Ronaldo, Haaland, Lewandowski, Messi
THIS is the 2021 Men’s FIFA FIFPRO #World11
By the players, for the players.@FIFAWorldCuppic.twitter.com/i0dYe7KUwI
Women’s World XI: Chistiane Endler; Lucy Bronze, Wendy Renard, Mille Bright, Magdalena Erikkson; Estafania Banini, Carli Lloyd, Barbara Bonansea; Vivianne Miedema, Marta, Alex Morgan
THIS is the 2021 Women’s FIFA FIFPRO #World11
By the players, for the players.@FIFAWWCpic.twitter.com/710e5SqqOK
Both sets of fans who were present during the incident with Eriksen at Euro 2020. While the Danish midfielder was being resuscitated, the Finnish fans inside the ground began chanting ‘Christian’ and the Danes replied ‘ Eriksen’.
German football fans and Imogen Papworth-Heidel were also nominated.
The FIFA Fan Award 2021 goes to Denmark and Finland fans!
Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel wins the Best Fifa Men’s Coach award after he took the Blues to the 2021 Champions League. Tuchel beat out Pep Guardiola and Italy boss Roberto Mancini.
“It was a pretty normal day so far at training. I have just come here,” Tuchel said. “But now you have said my name and it is pretty surreal. I am overwhelmed and a bit uncomfortable.
“I enjoy the journey and the club. It is a good fit. The company on the journey is so good. We lost a bit of track to Manchester City in the league but we follow our goals still and be the best version of ourselves.”
Thomas Tuchel is the #TheBest FIFA Men’s Coach 2021!
He had a year to remember with @ChelseaFC! pic.twitter.com/skVgbZTxCO
A visibly shocked Emma Hayes, the current Chelsea boss, wins the award, beating out Barcelona’s Lluis Cortes and England’s Sarina Wiegman.
Impacting the game
Congratulations to @emmahayes1, #TheBest FIFA Women’s Coach 2021! pic.twitter.com/kv0z4jAadL
One of the most distressing moments in 2021 was Christian Eriksen’s collapse during the Euro 2020 match against Finland.
Eriksen had a cardiac arrest and was surrounded by his Denmark teammates as the tried to stop tv cameras and the crowd from witnessing the player being resuscitated.
After several tense and agonising minutes, the Danish medical team fought to save Eriksen’s life, and thankfully they did.
Denmark National Team, Danish Medical Team and Staff have won the FIFA Fair Play 2021 Award
Former Tottenham striker Lamela wins the Puskas Award for his rabona finish for Spurs against Arsenal.
Lamela beat out Patrik Schick and his goal for the Czech Republic vs Scotland in Euro 2020, and Mehdi Taremi who scores in Chelsea vs Porto Champions League match in April 2021.
“Honestly in that moment I didn’t think too much,” Lamela said. “I didn’t really how special the goal was.
“To be fair I never practice this shot during training. It comes in a second, finding the best way to shoot.”
The FIFA #Puskás Award goes to @ErikLamela for his sensational goal for @SpursOfficial v Arsenal!
A strike worthy of being called #TheBest
Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy beats out Gianluigi Donnarumma and Manuel Neuer to The Best FIFA Men’s Goalkeeper award.
#TheBest FIFA Men’s Goalkeeper 2021 Award goes to Edouard Mendy!
The greatest men’s goalkeeper in the world! pic.twitter.com/4bMxnyJ1k9
Christiane Endler wins the Best FIFA Women’s Goalkeeper award after she conceded just four goals all season. Endler beat out Ann-Katrin Berger and Stephanie Labbe.
“I am very, very happy and proud,” Endler said. “To be the first South American to win it is an honour. Finally it is the right time. Thank you to everyone who vote for me.
“I want to win the women’s Champions league this year. I hope we can do it. With the national team I would like to play another World Cup. We are growing.”
Congratulations to @TIANEendler! #TheBest FIFA Women’s Goalkeeper 2021. pic.twitter.com/vLvQVUs4y7
Canadian striker Christine Sinclair kicks things off with a special award in recognition for her 188 goals at international level, making her the all-time leading scorer in international football.
“I would like to take this time to thank Fifa for this once in a lifetime recognition,” she said. “First and foremost thanks to my family.
The Greatest Goalscorer in the World@sincy12 is the recipient of #TheBest FIFA Special Award. pic.twitter.com/e1QBca4hCB
“To my parents for letting me go off and chase my dreams, to my brother – I hope he knows all I wanted to be was him. I have been lucky to win trophies internationally and at club level.
“The victories are quickly forgotten – apart from the Olympic gold medal! What lasts most is the connections I have made. To all my team-mates, I hope you know how thankful I am to all of you.”
FIFA president Gianni Infantino: “Welcome to our home in Zurich. It is a pleasure to know millions of people ware watching tonight for a celebration of football. I hope this is the last time this event will be organised on line and next year we hope to do it in person. Football is coming back. We have been suffering for almost two years but it is important that the ball is rolling an health come first, but also football is there to bring joy.”
Reshmin Chowdhury and Jermaine Jenas take to the stage.
Tonights the night.#TheBest FIFA Football Awards LIVE: 19:00 CEThttps://t.co/vFb8uuRfFO
WHO will be crowned the winner? #JenniHermoso#SamKerr#AlexiaPutellas#RobertLewandowski#LeoMessi#MoSalahpic.twitter.com/4FXl8sgkEM
FIFA’s The Best Awards will take place in Zurich on Monday, January 17, 2022. The ceremony gets underway at 19:00 CET, making it an 18:00 start time GMT. For those of you in the United States, you can watch The Best from 13:00 ET or 10:00 PT.
Reshmin Chowdhury and Jermaine Jenas will present the event.
Anybody interested can tune in to watch The Best Football Awards 2022 via the live stream, which will be available on FIFA.com and FIFA’s own YouTube channel. Of course, you can also follow the news as it emerges right here on MARCA in English.
The nominees for The Best FIFA Men’s Player are Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski, Paris Saint-Germain’s Lionel Messi and Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah.
The Best FIFA Women’s Player nominees are Barcelona duo Alexia Putellas and Jennifer Hermoso, as well as Chelsea’s Sam Kerr. There will also be awards for goalkeepers, coaches and some others.
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