The Best FIFA Football Awardsâ„¢ 2021 ceremony, held as a virtual TV show from the Home of FIFA in Zurich, crowned two household names, Alexia Putellas and Robert Lewandowski, as the outstanding players in womenâ€™s and menâ€™s football respectively.
Poland and FC Bayern MÃ¼nchen striker Lewandowski was recognised as The Best FIFA Menâ€™s Player for the second year in succession.
For her part, Spain midfielder Putellas, who had made The Best FIFA Womenâ€™s Player shortlist for the first time, capped her exploits with FC Barcelona and the Spanish national team by winning the prestigious award.
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Chelsea FC Women manager Emma Hayes was voted The Best FIFA Womenâ€™s Coach for the first time in her career, a feat that was matched by her Chelsea FC counterpart, Thomas Tuchel, who topped the poll for The Best FIFA Menâ€™s Coach.
Senegal shot-stopper Ã‰douard Mendy made it a hat-trick for the London club by being chosen as The Best FIFA Menâ€™s Goalkeeper, becoming the first African to win the accolade, while Chile and Olympique Lyonnaisâ€™ Christiane Endler was named The Best FIFA Womenâ€™s Goalkeeper on the strength of her sensational displays.
The Best FIFA Football Awards ceremony also recognised two outstanding performances on the international stage, where landmark goalscoring records have been broken.
Christine Sinclair, with 188 goals in 308 caps for Canada, received The Best FIFA Special Award for womenâ€™s football, and Cristiano Ronaldo, with 115 goals in 184 appearances for Portugal, received The Best FIFA Special Award for menâ€™s football.
FIFA President Gianni Infantino presented the awards to Christine Sinclair (virtual) and Cristiano Ronaldo (in person) during The Best FIFA Football Awards 2021 ceremony at the Home of FIFA in Zurich.
Thousands of football players from around the world cast their votes for this yearâ€™s FIFA FIFPRO Menâ€™s World 11 and FIFA FIFPRO Womenâ€™s World 11 selections:
FIFA FIFPRO Menâ€™s World 11:
Goalkeeper: Gianluigi Donnarumma (AC Milan/Paris Saint-Germain)
Defenders: David Alaba (FC Bayern MÃ¼nchen/Real Madrid CF), Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus FC) and RÃºben Dias (Manchester City FC)
Midfielders: Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City FC), Jorginho (Chelsea FC) and Nâ€™Golo KantÃ© (Chelsea FC)
Forwards: Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus FC/Manchester United FC), Erling Haaland (BV Borussia 09 Dortmund), Robert Lewandowski (FC Bayern MÃ¼nchen) and Lionel Messi (FC Barcelona/Paris Saint-Germain)
FIFA FIFPRO Womenâ€™s World11:
Goalkeeper: Christiane Endler (Paris Saint-Germain/Olympique Lyonnais)
Defenders: Millie Bright (Chelsea FC Women), Lucy Bronze (Manchester City WFC), Magdalena Eriksson (Chelsea FC Women) and Wendie Renard (Olympique Lyonnais)
Midfielders: EstefanÃa Banini (Levante UD/AtlÃ©tico de Madrid Femenino), Barbara Bonansea (Juventus FC Women) and Carli Lloyd (NJ/NY Gotham FC)
Forwards: Marta (Orlando Pride), Vivianne Miedema (Arsenal WFC) and Alex Morgan (Tottenham Hotspur FC Women/Orlando Pride/San Diego Wave FC)