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The Best FIFA Awards 2021: Latest updates

Lionel Messi won the 2021 Ballon d’Or and is nominated tonight


Follow live updates from the Fifa Best Awards as the as the men’s and women’s player of the year are crowned in Zurich. Lionel Messi, Mohamed Salah and Robert Lewandowski are up for the men’s award, which is being handed out one month on from the Ballon d’Or. Messi was the winner on that occasion, beating Lewandowski to the prize, after a 2021 which saw the Argentina star claim a first major international honour with his country at the Copa America. He also won the Copa del Rey and finished as La Liga’s top scorer with Barcelona on his last season at the club, before moving to Paris Saint-Germain last summer.

Lewandowski will be hoping for a different result this time around. The Bayern Munich striker is looking to defend his Fifa Best title from last year and finish ahead of Messi once more, after many felt he should have won the Ballon d’Or following a record-breaking goalscoring season in the Bundesliga. Liverpool forward Salah is the Premier League’s top scorer with 16 goals so far this campaign and has been included in the top three despite finishing seventh in last month’s Ballon d’Or.

Alexia Putellas is the favourite to win the women’s award and add to her own Ballon d’Or win after her role in Barcelona’s dominant treble winning season. She is joined by teammate Jennifer Hermoso and Chelsea striker Sam Kerr on the final shortlist. Pep Guardiola, Thomas Tuchel and Emma Hayes are among the managers nominated for men’s and women’s coach of the year, while the Puskas Award for goal of the year and the Fifa Fifpro men’s and women’s world XI will also be revealed. Follow for live updates and results from the ceremony:


All you need to know ahead of the awards

The Fifa Best awards get underway at 6pm GMT and discussions over who will win the awards has begun on social media.

Robert Lewandowski and Alexia Putellas are thought to be favourites to claim the big gongs.

But fans will be wondering how can they watch as the awards are not on TV this evening. Supporters will be able to stream the ceremony online, on the Fifa website and on their YouTube channel.

For all other details, click here:

Sarah Rendell17 January 2022 17:42


Shortlists in full

We are under half an hour away from the ceremony beginning and so this is the perfect time to remind you of who is nominated this evening.

The world XI for men and women will also be announced at the event but the shortlists are as follows:

  • Robert Lewandowski (Poland and Bayern Munich)
  • Lionel Messi (Argentina, Barcelona and PSG)
  • Mo Salah (Egypt and Liverpool )
  • Jennifer Hermoso (Spain and Barcelona)
  • Alexia Putellas (Spain and Barcelona)
  • Sam Kerr (Australia and Chelsea)
  • Pep Guardiola (Man City)
  • Thomas Tuchel (Chelsea)
  • Roberto Mancini (Italy)
  • Lluís Cortés (Barcelona)
  • Emma Hayes (Chelsea)
  • Sarina Wiegman (Netherlands and England)
  • Gianluigi Donnarumma (Italy, AC Milan and PSG)
  • Edouard Mendy (Senegal and Chelsea)
  • Manuel Neuer (Germay and Bayern Munich)

Fifa Women’s Goalkeeper

  • Ann-Katrin Berger (Germany and Chelsea)
  • Christiane Endler (Chiles, PSG and Lyon)
  • Stephanie Lynn Marie Labbé (Canada, Rosengrad and PSG)
  • Erik Lamela (Arsenal vs Tottenham, Premier League March 2021)
  • Patrik Schick (Czech Republic vs Scotland, Euro 2020 June 2021)
  • Mehdi Taremi (Chelsea vs FC Porto, Champions League April 2021)

Sarah Rendell17 January 2022 17:31


Will Lewandowski win?

Robert Lewandowski has continued his sparkling form this season and has scored 34 goals across all competitions so far.

2021 was a great year for the striker with many believing he should have won the Ballon d’Or over Lionel Messi – his rival nominee this evening.

It will be a difficult one to decide but we will find out who claims the award in the next few hours. The ceremony will begin in just under 45 minutes and here’s a highlights reel of Lewandowski:

Sarah Rendell17 January 2022 17:18


Who has been shortlisted?

The Fifa Best award nominations started as a sprawling list but now each category had been whittled down to a shortlist.

A lot of debate has already been happening around who has been cut and discussions are sure to get more intense over the next few hours as the winners are announced.

Robert Lewandowski, Mo Salah and Lionel Messi are up for the men’s award with Jennifer Hermoso, Alexia Putellas and Sam Kerr nominated for the women’s.

There’s just under an hour to go until the awards begin so familiarise yourself with the nominations and stay tune for the winners:

Sarah Rendell17 January 2022 17:08


What awards will be handed out?

It’s not just the best women’s and men’s player and coach that will be awarded this evening with 11 gongs set to be handed out.

There will be a lot of debate surrounding all the categories and there’s sure to be some discussions on social media, particularly around the Fifa Fifpro men’s world XI and Fifa Fifpro women’s world XI.

But what are all the awards and who has been shortlisted? Here’s all you need to know:

Sarah Rendell17 January 2022 16:56


Has rightful winner been left out?

When the shortlists were announced for women’s coach it caused a slight outcry as Beverly Priestman wasn’t included.

The star coached Canada gold at the Tokyo Olympics but was overlooked with Chelsea’s Emma Hayes, Barcelona’s Lluis Cortes and England’s Sarina Wiegman put forward instead.

Of course the three nominated have achieved great things. Hayes won the domestic treble, Cortes claimed the domestic treble and the Champions League and Wiegman has started her reign at England unbeaten.

One person who was among those confused at the omission was former Manchester United manager Casey Stoney. She tweeted: “Nothing against the three that are nominated but what Bev achieved last summer winning gold with Canada was absolutely remarkable. Cannot get my head around this.”

Sarah Rendell17 January 2022 16:46


Who is nominated for the men’s gong?

One of the tightest categories at the awards will be the men’s as the strikers nominated have been unbelievable.

Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski, the last winner of the award, is nominated and so far this season he has scored 34 goals across all competitions. Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah is also up for the gong and he’s been smashing records at the Premier League club this campaign. He became the first Red to score in nine consecutive matches and he is now the club’s all-time leading Champions League scorer.

And the final star up for the award is Paris Saint-Germain’s Lionel Messi. Injury and Covid has hampered his performances this season but he did manage to get his hands on the Ballon d’Or after helping Argentina win the Copa America. Will he also win Fifa’s Best? We will doon find out.


Sarah Rendell17 January 2022 16:35


Who is up for the women’s award?

Barcelona stars Jennifer Hermoso and Alexia Putellas are nominated for the women’s award alongside Chelsea’s Sam Kerr.

Kermoso and Putellas won the domestic treble and the Champions League last season and were integral to the club’s achievements. Meanwhile Kerr won the domestic treble as well as winning the Women’s Super League’s Golden Boot. The Australian captain also led her country to fourth at the Tokyo Olympics.

It’s thought Putellas is favourite to win after her Ballon d’Or victory but the competition between the players is close. We will find out who has claimed the gong in just a few hours time.


Sarah Rendell17 January 2022 16:25


Who is hosting the awards?

We are less than two hours away from the Fifa Best awards getting underway and Reshmin Chowdhury and Jermaine Jenas will be guiding fans through the evening.

The ceremony is available to watch at or on the governing body’s YouTube channel.

There are an array of stars nominated for the gongs with Robert Lewandowski and Alexia Putellas rumoured to be favourites to claim the men and women’s awards.

Sarah Rendell17 January 2022 16:13


Take a look at the Puskas nominees

There are some cracking goals nominated for the Puskas award this year and I think they are all worth a re-watch.

The nominees are: Patrik Schick (Czech Republic vs Scotland, Euro 2020 June 2021), Erik Lamela (Arsenal vs Tottenham, Premier League March 2021) and Mehdi Taremi (Chelsea vs FC Porto, Champions League April 2021).

We will find out the winner from 6pm this evening so stay tuned for all the updates.

Sarah Rendell17 January 2022 16:03

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