Chelsea coach Thomas Tuchel has been honored as world coach after the Blues’ victory in the Champions League. The 48-year-old had the upper hand against Italian coach Roberto Mancini and Manchester City striker Pep Guardiola.
FC Barcelona’s Spaniard Alexia Putillas, who has already been named the best player in Europe, has been honored as the best player in the world. The global goalkeeper award went to Edward Mendy, a Chelsea player.
Lewandowski had improved Bayern Munich legend Gerd Muller’s record of goals in a single season from 40 to 41 last season. The 33-year-old is scoring again regularly this season. “Everything that happened last year, the Bundesliga record, I would not have dared to dream about it. If you had told me a few years ago, I would not have believed it,” said the goalkeeper.
At the European Summer Championships, he was eliminated along with Poland in the group stage. On the other hand, Messi won the Copa America with Argentina, thus his first major title in the national shirt.
Alaba voted for Lewandowski as captain of the Austrian Football Association, ahead of Karim Benzema and Jorginho. Franco Voda, the coach of the national team, had put Lewandowski in the list ahead of Salah and Jorginho. He was also pole number one for Germany team president Hansi Flick and German Football Association captain Manuel Neuer. Lewandowski himself voted for Jorginho, ahead of Messi and Ronaldo. Messi gave preference to his Paris Saint-Germain teammates Neymar and Mbappe, as well as Benzema. Ronaldo put Lewandowski in one position.
Lewandowski was at FIFA World XI, along with Messi and Ronaldo, who was honored as the national team’s top scorer at the end of the ceremony. After being nominated several times in recent years, Alaba entered the selection for the first time, which, according to the Fifpro Players’ Association, was voted on by nearly 19,000 professionals.
It got emotional during the ceremony when the Fair Play Award was presented. The Danish national team players and medical staff were honored after the drama centered around star Christian Eriksen. The 29-year-old collapsed on the grass on June 12, 2021 during the European Championship group match between Denmark and Finland in Copenhagen and had to be revived. Meanwhile, the clearly traumatized Denmark internationals formed a protective circle around their teammate. She won the FIFA Fan Award for Danish and Finnish fans.
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