BAYERN MUNICH star Robert Lewandowski has been named Fifa Men’s Player of the Year.
The 33-year-old beat Paris Saint-Germain’s Lionel Messi and Liverpool winger Mohamed Salah to claim the coveted title.
Lewandowski’s scoring record was once again recognized by Fifa after Messi beat him to win the Ballon d’Or in 2021.
No player has scored more than the Poland international’s 69 goals in 2021.
And the former Borussia Dortmund ace, who has kept his award since last year, has continued to be in terrible form this season, scoring 34 goals in 27 games.
Elsewhere, Chelsea star Edouard Mendy won the Best Men’s Goalkeeper award after featuring in the club’s Champions League triumph last term.
His honor marks a great start to his career in West London having only made it to the Carabao Cup finals in September 2020.
Although he was not named in the Men’s Team of the Year because he was omitted for Gianluigi Donnarumma, who helped Italy win Euro 2020.
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However, his Chelsea teammates Jorginho and N’Golo Kante were named in the team of the week.
Mendy defender Thomas Tuchel has surpassed Pep Guardiola and Roberto Mancini to be named Men’s Coach of the Year after leading Chelsea to their second European Cup.
And there were more celebrations for the Blues after female coach Emma Hayes received the Best Female Coach award.
Meanwhile, Sevilla star Erik Lamela won the Puskas Award after rabona’s powerful attack in Tottenham’s North London derby loss to Arsenal last campaign.
The Argentinian broke the deadlock when he dropped into the bottom corner, and Jamie Redknapp called his effort ‘one of the best goals EVER in the Premier League’.
Appearing on the screen, Lamela said: “Thank you very much. I am very happy to win this award.
“In that moment, I didn’t think much, didn’t realize how special the goal was, I just kicked and ran around.”
And there was even a surprise honor for Cristiano Ronaldo, who received the Fifa Special Award for breaking the world international goalscoring record.
The Manchester United man said: “It is beautiful. It was a dream. I never thought I would beat that 109 record and now I’m six ahead of it.
“I am very proud to receive this from an organization that I respect so much. It’s a great and wonderful achievement to be the all-time top scorer. ”
He added: “I still have a passion for the game. Not just to score goals but to entertain yourself.
“I still love working out and my motivation is still there, even though I’m 37 years old early. I’ve been working hard since I was 18 and I still have that passion to carry on. I hope to play for another four or five years.”
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https://www.the-sun.com/sport/premier-league/4482766/lewandowski-fifa-best-player-of-the-year/ Robert Lewandowski crowned Fifa Player of the Year while Chelsea’s Edouard Mendy won top goalkeeper