FIFA Best Awards 2022; Robert Lewandowski, Alexia Putellas receive top prizes

For the second time in a row, Bayern Munich striker, Robert Lewandowski has been named the Best FIFA Men’s player. Meanwhile, at the ceremony of “The Best” in 2021, Barcelona captain Alexia Putellas collected the award for best women’s player. Robert’s victory comes after he made Bundesliga history by reaching 40 goals in record-breaking time, The Guardian reported.

Edging Argentine Lionel Messi of Paris Saint-Germain and Egyptian Mohamed Salah of Liverpool, the 33-year-old Lewandowski won the trophy for the second time. He broke 41 times in 29 matches to Gerd Muller’s previous record of reaching the landmark in 34 games.

Meanwhile, Barcelona’s Alexia Putellas scored 18 goals in 31 games for her club and starred as she helped her team to win the Champions League.

It was a fabulous night for Chelsea in FiFA as they collected three awards; Emma Hayes and Thomas Tuchel won in the best coach categories, while Edouard Mendy picked up the prize for goalkeeper of the year.

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The London club was also represented in the Men’s World XI with Jorginho and N’Golo Kante included, while Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo also featured. There were places for England players Lucy Bronze and Millie Bright in the Women’s World XI, which also included Marta and Alex Morgan – and, bizarrely, not Putellas.

The Puskas Award for best goal was awarded to Erik Lamela for his audacious Rabona in the north London derby for Tottenham against Arsenal in the Premier League. Cristiano Ronaldo received a special award for breaking the record for most goals scored in international matches.