The FIFA The Best Awards recognize the greatest individual talents in football, honoring the Best Male Player and the Best Female Player. The nominated players are similar to those who were recognized at the Ballon d’Or and Globe Soccer Awards ceremony.
The controversy surrounding previous award ceremonies and eventual winners will undoubtedly fuel interest in official FIFA awards.
Last year’s Best award winners included Robert Lewandowski and Lucy Bronze, and the focus will be on which players will be celebrated this year. This year’s field is wide open, with several world-class players making arguments to take home the awards.
When will The Best 2021 awards ceremony take place?
The Best Awards will take place on Monday, January 17, 2022.
This iteration of the ceremony will come a little late, as it usually takes place in October, September, and December. Last year, the awards ceremony took place on Thursday, December 17, 2020, and the proceedings began at 6 p.m. BST (1 p.m. ET). It was a virtual event due to public health restrictions in place around the world.
This will be the sixth iteration of the awards, with the first being held in 2016. It is typically held at FIFA headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland, although last year’s edition was held via remote video conferencing due to to the COVID-19 pandemic.
How to see The Best 2021 awards
FIFA will broadcast The Best 2021 awards on its various media channels, including YouTube, Facebook and Twitter, as well as on its official website.
- Date: Monday, January 17, 2022
- TV channels: None
- Transmission: FIFA social media channels, FIFA.com
Voting for The Best 2021 Awards
Fans can vote for their The Best options on FIFA.com, but the voting has now closed.
Voting began in late November and lasted until 1am GMT on December 11, 2021.
Nominated for Best Male Player of the Year 2021
The nominees for this year’s ceremony were announced on Monday, November 22.
Players like Lionel Messi, Robert Lewandowski and Jorginho are favorites for the award, and N’Golo Kante, Karim Benzema and Romelu Lukaku are likely to be in the mix as well. Messi won the 2021 Ballon d’Or despite requests from Lewandowski to take home the crown. Kylian Mbappé won the Globe Soccer Award for Player of the Year, leaving Lewandowski missing again.
|Karim Benzema||FW||Real Madrid||France|
|Kevin de Bruyne||ACM||City man||Belgium|
|Erling haaland||FW||Borussia Dortmund||Norway|
|Robert Lewandowski||FW||Bayern Munich||Poland|
|Lionel messi||FW||Barcelona / PSG||Argentina|
|Cristiano Ronaldo||FW||Juventus / Man United||Portugal|
Nominated for Best Player of the Year 2021
Barcelona stars Alexia Putellas and Jennifer Hermoso are considered strong contenders after a stellar season with the Catalan team. Putellas has 12 goals and helped another 10 in 14 league games this season, while Hermosa, the career top scorer for Spain and Barcelona, has 10 goals to her name this league season.
Not a single American appears on the list, and only one from the NWSL.
|Stina blackstenius||FW||BK Hacken||Sweden|
|Lucy Bronze||RB||City man||England|
|Caroline graham hansen||RW||Barcelona||Norway|
|Ji So-yun||MF||Chelsea||South Korea|
|Ellen white||FW||City man||England|
|Christine Sinclair||FW||Portland thorns||Canada|
2021 FIFA Best Male Coach Nominees
Roberto Mancini and Thomas Tuchel are strong contenders for the award, having won Euro 2020 with Italy and the 2021 Champions League with Chelsea, respectively. Mancini, however, has seen Italy on the verge of missing out on qualifying for the World Cup as the state of the nation is at stake. Tuchel, meanwhile, recently managed to successfully navigate a feud with forward Romelu Lukaku and has Chelsea challenging for the Premier League title, though those prospects have recently been thwarted.
|Antonio Conte||Inter / Tottenham||Italy|
|Hansi flick||Bayern / Germany||Germany|
|Pep Guardiola||City man||Spain|
|Diego Simeone||Atletico Madrid||Argentina|
Nominated for the Best FIFA Female Coach 2021
Emma Hayes is a favorite as a Chelsea Women’s coach, along with Lluis Cortes from Barcelona Women’s.
At Chelsea, Hayes led the Blues to a domestic trophy sweep in England, winning the FA Women’s Super League, FA Cup, League Cup, Community Shield and reaching the game for the women’s Champions League title. The Blues fell in the Champions League final to Cortés and Barcelona, who won their first trophy in European competition.
|Sarina wiegman||Holland / England||Netherlands|
Nominees for Best Male Goalkeeper in FIFA 2021
Chelsea’s Edouard Mendy, Bayern Munich stalwart Manuel Neuer and Italy’s forward Gianluigi Donnarumma make up the final three nominees.
Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson and Leicester City legend Kasper Schmeichel were removed from the short list.
|Gianluigi Donnarumma||GK||AC Milan / PSG||Italy|
|Manuel Neuer||GK||Bayern Munich||Germany|
Nominated for Best FIFA Female Goalkeeper 2021
Chelsea’s Ann-Katrin Berger competes for the Women’s Goalkeeper award alongside Stephanie Lynn Marie Labbe and Christiane Endler.
Hedvig Lindahl and Alyssa Naeher missed the last three cuts.
|Christiane endler||GK||PSG / Lyon||chili|
|Stephanie Lynn Marie Labbe||GK||Rosengard / PSG||Canada|
FIFA Puskas Award
The Puskas Award, named after the fourth leading male scorer of all time Ferenc Puskas, is the award for the best goal of the season.
This year, there are three nominees. Tottenham’s Erik Lamela scored a great goal against Arsenal in March, Bayer Leverkusen’s Patrik Schick scored almost from midfield while on international service with the Czech Republic at the Euro Cup, and Porto striker Medhi Taremi surprised to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in April with an acrobatic effort. .
Goals from Luis Díaz, Riyad Mahrez and Caroline Weir, among many others, were removed from the list when the three finalists were announced.
|Erik lamela||Tottenham||March 14, 2021||Arsenal|
|Patrik schick||Czech Republic||June 14, 2021||Scotland|
|Medhi taremi||Porto||April 13, 2021||Chelsea|
FIFPro World 11 2021
At each The Best awards ceremony, the FIFPro World 11 is also announced, confirming the best ‘dream team’ of the season.
The award, which is voted on by professional footballers around the world, takes into account performances between October 8, 2020 and August 7, 2021.
The Chelsea and Manchester City players have a strong claim to inclusion, as do the individuals from the Italian and Argentine national teams after their respective continental successes.