(CNN Spanish) — FIFA will deliver on January 17 the 2021 edition of The Best award for the best player of the year in the men’s and women’s branches.
Of the initial nominees, there are three finalists in the men’s branch: Lionel Messi, Robert Lewandowski and Mohamed Salah. Meanwhile, in women’s soccer, the final three are Jennifer Hermoso, Sam Kerr, Alexia Putellas.
Messi, a former FC Barcelona player and now with Paris Saint-Germain in France, and Putellas, a star for Spain and Barcelona, won the Ballon d’Or in November. Will they now win this new award?
Here’s what you need to know about the 2021 edition of The Best.
When is The Best?
The award ceremony for The Best will be on January 17, 2022 at 1 pm (Miami time). It will take place in Zurich and will be presented by Reshmin Chowdhury and Jermaine Jenas, according to FIFA.
How to see it?
How does FIFA choose The Best player?
The federation indicates that it votes with an international jury “composed of the current coaches of all the men’s national teams, the current captains of all the men’s national teams and a specialized journalist from each territory represented by a national team.” In addition, FIFA takes into account the vote of fans registered on fifa.com
Specifically, what is taken into consideration is sports performance during the period between October 8, 2020 and August 7, 2021.
Who aspires to the prize in this edition?
In the male branch: Lionel Messi (Argentina, Paris Saint-Germain), Robert Lewandowski (Poland, Bayern München), Mohamed Salah (Egypt, Liverpool FC).
In the female branch: Jennifer Hermoso (Spain, FC Barcelona), Sam Kerr (Australia, Chelsea FC), Alexia Putellas (Spain, FC Barcelona).
Male goalkeeper: Gianluigi Donnarumma (Italy, AC Milan and current Paris Saint-Germain), Édouard Mendy (Senegal, Chelsea FC), Manuel Neuer (Germany, Bayern München).
Female goalkeeper: Ann-Katrin Berger (Germany, Chelsea FC), Christiane Endler (Chile, Paris Saint-Germain / Olympique de Lyon), Stephanie Lynn Marie Labbé (Canada, C Rosengård / Paris Saint-Germain).
Trainer: Pep Guardiola (Spain, Manchester City), Roberto Mancini (Italy, Italy National Team), Thomas Tuchel (Germany, Chelsea FC).
Women’s team coach: Lluís Cortés (Spain, FC Barcelona), Emma Hayes (England, Chelsea FC), Sabrina Wiegman, (Netherlands, Netherlands National Team / England National Team).
And Cristiano Ronaldo?
Although he is not among the finalists of this edition, he is one of the previous winners of The Best award. The Portuguese won the first two editions of this award: 2016 and 2017.
Portraits of the finalists for The Best in 2020 award. Credit: VALERINO DI DOMENICO/POOL/AFP via Getty Images
Who have won The Best award?
The FIFA Player of the Year award was first presented in 1991. From 2010 to 2015, the award changed to the FIFA Ballon d’Or. However, in the 2016 edition (which was held in January 2017), the award is named The Best FIFA for the best player. We present the winners to the best player and the best player of the year since it was called The Best.
- 2016 edition (held in January 2017): Crsitiano Ronaldo
- 2017 edition (in October 2017): Cristiano Ronaldo
- 2018 edition (in September 2018): Luka Modric
- 2019 edition (in September 2019): Lionel Messi
- 2020 edition (in December 2020): Robert Lewandowski
- 2016 edition: Carli Lloyd
- 2017 Edition: Lieke Martens
- 2018 Edition: Martha
- 2019 Edition: Megan Rapinoe
- 2020 Edition: Lucy Bronze