FIFA The Best: Football awards 2021 nominees announced

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FIFA have revealed the nominees for FIFA’s The Best awards 2021. The winners of the awards will be revealed at an online ceremony on 17 January 2022.

These awards feature the best individual talents across football, with the nominee with the most votes getting the Best Men’s Player and Best Women’s Players honour. The fans can vote for their ‘The Best’ choices on The voting will run until 1 am GMT on December 11, 2021.

The shortlist with the nominees for the FIFA Puskás Award (awarded for the best goal) will be announced at a later stage.

The Best Men’s Player of the Year 2021 nominees

On Monday, November 22, FIFA announced the nominees for this year’s ceremony.

Lionel Messi, Robert Lewandowski and Jorginho are this edition’s favourites for the award. While the likes of N’Golo Kante, Karim Benzema and Romelu Lukaku are also top contenders.

Nominees Best, Six Sports

Robert Lewandowski was the winner of the 2020 FIFA The Best Men’s Player of the Year award.

Karim BenzemaReal MadridFrance
Kevin De BruyneManchester CityBelgium
Erling HaalandBorussia DortmundNorway
N’Golo KanteChelseaFrance
Robert LewandowskiBayern MunichPoland
Lionel MessiBarcelona/PSGArgentina
Kylian MbappePSGFrance
Cristiano RonaldoJuventus/Manchester UnitedPortugal
Mohamed SalahLiverpoolEgypt

The Best Women’s Player of the Year 2021 nominees

Barcelona stars Alexia Putellas and Jennifer Hermoso are strong contenders after a dashing season with the Spanish giants.

Lucy Bronze was the winner of the 2020 FIFA The Best Women’s Player of the Year award.

Stina BlacksteniusBK HackenSweden
Aitana BonmatiBarcelonaSpain
Lucy BronzeManchester CityEngland
Magdalena ErikssonChelseaSweden
Caroline GrahamBarcelonaNorway
Pernille HarderChelseaDenmark
Jennifer HermosoBarcelonaSpain
Ji So-yunChelseaSouth Korea
Sam KerrChelseaAustralia
Vivianne MiedemaArsenalNetherlands
Ellen WhiteManchester CityEngland
Alexia PutellasBarcelonaSpain
Christine SinclairPortland ThornsCanada
Nominees Best, Six Sports

The Best FIFA Men’s Coach 2021 nominees

Thomas Tuchel and Roberto Mancini are favourites for the award, after winning the 2021 Champions League with Chelsea and Euro 2020 with Italy, respectively.

Jurgen Klopp was the winner of the 2020 FIFA The Best Men’s Coach of the Year award.

Antonio ConteInter/Tottenham HotspurItaly
Hansi FlickBayern/German national teamGermany
Pep GuardiolaManchester CitySpain
Roberto ManciniItaly national teamItaly
Lionel Sebastian ScaloniArgentina national teamArgentina
Diego SimeoneAtletico MadridArgentina
Thomas TuchelChelseaGermany
Nominees Best, Six Sports

The Best FIFA Women’s Coach 2021 nominees

Emma Hayes is a favourite as Chelsea Women’s manager, alongside Barcelona Women’s coach Lluis Cortes.

Sarina Wiegman was the winner of the 2020 FIFA The Best Women’s Coach of the Year award.

Lluis CortesBarcelonaSpain
Peter GerhadssonSweden national teamSweden
Emma HayesChelseaEngland
Beverly PriestmanCanada national teamEngland
Sarina WiegmanNetherlands national team/England national teamNetherlands

The Best FIFA Men’s Goalkeeper 2021 nominees

Chelsea’s Edouard Mendy is a strong contender for the award, as is Bayern’s Manuel Neuer and Liverpool’s Alisson Becker.

Manuel Neuer was the winner of the 2020 FIFA The Best Men’s Goalkeeper of the Year award.

Gianluigi DonnarummaAC Milan/PSGItaly
Edouard MendyChelseaSenegal
Manuel NeuerBayern MunichGermany
Kasper SchmeichelLeicesterDenmark
Nominees Best, Six Sports

The Best FIFA Women’s Goalkeeper 2021 nominees

Ann-Katrin Berger from Chelsea is in the running for the Women’s Goalkeeper award, alongside PSG and Lyon’s Christiane Endler.

Sarah Bouhaddi was the winner of the 2020 FIFA The Best Women’s Goalkeeper of the Year award.

Ann-Katrin BergerChelseaGermany
Christiane EndlerPSG/LyonChile
Stephanie Lynn Marie LabbeRosengard/PSGCanada
Hedvig LindahlAtletico MadridSweden
Alyssa NaeherChicago Red StarsUSWNT

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