Lewandowski wins FIFA best player vote ahead of Messi, Salah
Robert Lewandowski was voted the best mens player in the world, retaining the FIFA award he won last year despite being left off the ballot paper filed by runner-up Lionel Messi.The Bayern Munich forward on Monday overturned the result last month of the Ballon dOr prize where he placed second behind Messi, who finally led Argentina to a senior title at the 2021 Copa Amrica.
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The Bayern Munich forward on Monday overturned the result last month of the Ballon d'Or prize where he placed second behind Messi, who finally led Argentina to a senior title at the 2021 Copa América. Mohamed Salah of Liverpool placed third.
''I am very honored to win this trophy," Lewandowski said on a video link from Munich. The trophy was presented by club officials during the online ceremony hosted at FIFA headquarters in Zurich on Monday.
Lewandowski was the overwhelming choice of national team captains and coaches plus selected media in more than 200 countries, yet was almost caught by Messi, who got more than double the number of votes from fans worldwide than the Poland captain.
Lewandowski broke two Bundesliga records by scoring 41 goals for Bayern in its title-winning 2020-21 season and 43 in the calendar year of 2021. Both marks were held since 1972 by another Bayern great, Gerd Müller. ''If you ask me that a few years ago if it was possible, I would have told you, no, it's impossible to score so many goals in the Bundesliga,'' said Lewandowski, who has scored four more in two games this year.
In the women's award, Alexia Putellas added the FIFA trophy to her Ballon d'Or victory. Putellas captained Barcelona to its first Women's Champions League title and teammate Jennifer Hermoso placed third in the FIFA vote. The runner-up was Sam Kerr of beaten finalist Chelsea.
Tuchel again finished ahead of Manchester City's Pep Guardiola to repeat the result of their European title game. Guardiola placed third having led City to the English Premier League title, and into a runaway lead this season after beating Chelsea on Saturday.
Hayes seemed surprised to win the coaching award for women's soccer ahead of Lluis Cortes. His Barcelona team beat Chelsea 4-0 in the Champions League final. Sarina Wiegman, who moved from 2017 European champion Netherlands to take over at England, was third.
On an evening of surprises and quirky choices, a global vote of players to choose their World XI lineups was curious.
None of the three candidates for the women's individual prize was voted on to the best women's team, which also lacked any players from Barcelona.
Ronaldo was also the star guest with FIFA in Zurich. The Portugal star appeared in person to close the show and collect a special award for breaking the all-time scoring record in men's national team soccer. A long-established tradition at FIFA awards was extended for another year. Six-time winner Messi and five-time winner Ronaldo both ignored each other on the ballots they submitted. Ronaldo did vote for Lewandowski as his No. 1.
The record scorer in women's national teams, Christine Sinclair of Olympic champion Canada, also got a special award from FIFA earlier in the show.
FIFA's fair play prize went to the Denmark players and medical staff who protected and treated Eriksen. The award for best fans was shared by Denmark and Finland whose supporters chanted Eriksen's name as he was treated on the field before it was clear he would recover.
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