Lewandowski set a Bundesliga goal record last season; Putellas led Barca to the Spanish league and cup double as well as the Champions League.
Bayern Munich’s record set by Polish soccer player Robert Lewandowski retained the top male player title during FIFA’s The Best Awards 2021 ceremony while Barcelona’s captain Alexia Putellas collected the award for best female player.
Thirty-three-year-old Lewandowski set a Bundesliga goal record last season, naming Argentine Lionel Messi of Paris Saint-Germain and Egyptian Mohamed Salah of Liverpool for the award.
In 2020-2021, he scored a total of 48 goals for his club and country.
“I am delighted and honored to win this award, and I feel very proud,” Lewandowski said Monday.
Lewandowski scored three times for Bayern at the weekend, taking his current season score to 39 goals in 33 games.
The trophy was a consolation to the Polish striker who lost to Messi for the Ballon d’Or in November last year.
For Putellas, it was a double award when the Spaniard won over Barcelona team-mate Jennifer Hermoso and Chelsea’s Australian striker Sam Kerr, just as she did for the Ballon d’Or.
The 27-year-old midfielder enjoyed an exceptional 2020-2021 season with Barcelona, leading the Catalans to the Spanish league and double cup as well as the Champions League.
“This trophy is for everyone on the team,” Putellas said. “The trophy will be an inspiration to us all.”
Special award for Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo won the Special Award in recognition of setting a record for most international goals scored for his country, beating Ali Daei’s long-standing 109-point mark for Iran.
The 36-year-old now has 115 goals from 184 appearances for Portugal after making his debut at the age of 18 in 2003.
“I never expected to beat this record, and I thank my teammates from the last 20 years,” said Ronaldo, who also holds the record for 140 Champions League goals.
Chelsea’s Senegalese stopper Edouard Mendy and Christiane Endler of Lyon have won the goalkeeper awards.
Chelsea won both coaching awards by Thomas Tuchel and Emma Hayes.
Erik Lamela, now from Sevilla, won the best goal award for his trick-rabona shot for Spurs in the North London derby.
The medical staff and players from Denmark, who had to deal with the player Christian Eriksen’s collapse on the field at the Euro, won the “fair-play” award.