The Best Awards: Chelsea clean up, Ronaldo bags latest prize & Messi misses out

The Best Awards: Chelsea clean up, Ronaldo bags latest prize & Messi misses out


The ceremony for FIFA’s ‘The Best’ awards took place a short time ago, with the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Robert Lewandowski and Edouard Mendy having all secured individual prizes.

Lewy strikes gold

For those not aware, ‘The Best’ is the modern equivalent of the FIFA World Player of the Year.

The prize is handed out on an annual basis, to honour the finest performer from across the globe over the course of the prior twelve months.

Previous winners include the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Luka Modric, whilst Bayern Munich hitman Robert Lewandowski held the mantle of ‘the best’ for the last 12 months+, after striking gold late in 2020.

Luka Modric wins The Best

LONDON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 24: Luka Modric of Real Madrid receives the trophy for The Best FIFA Men’s Player 2018 during the The Best FIFA Football Awards Show at Royal Festival Hall on September 24, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)

The latest ceremony, meanwhile, took place this evening, with the aforementioned Lewandowski, after being pipped to the Ballon d’Or by Lionel Messi, having long been viewed as the overwhelming favourite to clinch gold once more.

And, in the end, this is precisely what the Polish icon managed:

Tuchel, Lamela & more bag prizes

Lewandowski, however, proved far from the only individual to be honoured at The Best awards show.

Elsewhere, Cristiano Ronaldo, after missing out on a spot amongst the final trio of nominees for the headline prize, was afforded an alternative accolade, in the form of the FIFA special award:

It proved a fruitful evening for Chelsea, too, with the European champions having seen all of boss Thomas Tuchel, Edouard Mendy and Emma Hayes honoured as the world’s standout performers in their respective fields.

A pair of Blues – in the form of Jorginho and N’Golo Kante – were also included in the FIFPRO World XI for 2021, alongside the likes of Kevin De Bruyne, Lionel Messi and Erling Haaland:

Ex-Tottenham star Erik Lamela, meanwhile, took home the prestigious ‘Puskas Award’ – which highlights the best goal scored across the globe over the course of the previous twelve months – owing to his stunning Rabona effort in last year’s North London Derby:


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# Team MP D P
1 Manchester City 22 41 56
2 Liverpool FC 21 37 45
3 Chelsea FC 22 28 43
4 West Ham United 22 11 37
5 Arsenal FC 20 8 35
6 Tottenham Hotspur 18 3 33
7 Manchester United 20 3 32
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 20 2 31
9 Brighton & Hove Albion 20 0 28
10 Leicester City 18 -2 25
11 Crystal Palace 21 -1 24
12 Southampton FC 21 -8 24
13 Aston Villa 20 -5 23
14 Brentford FC 21 -9 23
15 Leeds United 20 -15 22
16 Everton FC 19 -10 19
17 Watford FC 19 -14 14
18 Norwich City 21 -35 13
19 Newcastle United 20 -23 12
20 Burnley FC 17 -11 11
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Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 16
Jota, Diogo Liverpool FC 10
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City 9
Antonio, Michail West Ham United 8
Dennis, Emmanuel Watford FC 8
Ronaldo, Cristiano Manchester United 8
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur 8
Smith-Rowe, Emile Arsenal FC 8
Raphinha Leeds United 8
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 8
Mount, Mason Chelsea FC 7
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United 7
Gallagher, Conor Crystal Palace 7
Sterling, Raheem Manchester City 7
Maupay, Neal Brighton & Hove Albion 7
Silva, Bernardo Manchester City 7
Bowen, Jarrod West Ham United 6
Mahrez, Riyad Manchester City 6
Saka, Bukayo Arsenal FC 6
Ward Prowse, James Southampton FC 6

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