After he lost out on the 2021 Ballon d’Or to Lionel Messi in a controversial vote for France Football’s annual player of the year award, Bayern Munich star forward Robert Lewandowski hopes that he can earn the recognition many feel he deserves at the Globe Soccer Awards.
Held in Dubai every year, the Globe Soccer Awards are now a fixture on the annual list of football honors alongside the Ballon d’Or and The Best FIFA Football Awards. Started in 2010, the Globe Soccer Awards stand out for also recognizing coaches, executives and esports players.
Sporting News will be following the event live on Monday, Dec. 27, updating the tables below as the 12 winners are announced. Voting results are also expected to be released later the same day.
Below are the finalists named for all 12 Globe Soccer Awards.
2021 Men’s Player of the Year
There are six finalists for the Globe Soccer Awards Men’s Player of the Year and all six were in the Top 10 of the Ballon d’Or final voting results.
These same finalists are also eligible to win the Fans’ Player of the Year award.
2021 Women’s Player of the Year
Winner: Alexia Putellas (FC Barcelona)
The Women’s Ballon d’Or winner also claimed the Globe Soccer Award for best female player.
Four of the six finalists for the Globe Soccer Awards Women’s Player of the Year honor were in the Top 20 for the Ballon d’Or.
2021 Men’s Club of the Year
The six clubs up for this award include the Champions League winners in Europe, Asia and Africa.
2021 Women’s Club of the Year
Winner: FC Barcelona
As the UEFA Women’s Champions League winner and Spanish champion, FC Barcelona was a compelling favorite ahead of the best team in England, Chelsea, which it defeated in the Champions League final.
Barcelona star and Women’s Ballon d’Or winner Alexia Putellas accepted the award. Here’s the list of finalists:
2021 Men’s Defender of the Year
Winner: Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus)
Bonucci, who finished 14th in the Ballon d’Or voting, won the Defender of the Year award for leading Italy on its run to the UEFA Euro 2021 title.
Including Bonucci, four of the six finalists were also in the running for the FIFA Ballon d’Or.
2021 Men’s Goalkeeper of the Year
Winner: Gianluigi Donnarumma (Italy)
The Yashin Trophy winner claimed another piece of silverware after helping Italy win the UEFA Euro 2021 title with his penalty-kick heroics.
All the other finalists were among the Top 10 players eligible for the Yashin Trophy award at the Ballon d’Or.
2021 Men’s Coach of the Year
The men’s Coach of the Year will make for an interesting selection, especially when it comes to weighing the achievements of club coaches and national team coaches.
2021 Men’s National Team of the Year
There is no obvious choice among the men’s teams in the running for the National Team of the Year award, though Italy and Argentina have compelling arguments when taking into account their impressive unbeaten runs.
2021 Sporting Director of the Year
The five finalists are executives who have constructed teams that excelled in 2021, including Italian Serie A champions Inter Milan and English Premier League champions Manchester City.
2021 Agent of the Year
An award for the agents! A couple of these are household names among football fans.
Esports Player of the Year
Winner: Mosaad Aldossary (Msdossary7)
Some of the top esports players from Asia, Europe and South America were represented among the five finalists for this inaugural award.
Among the other award winners on the night:
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