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The Best FIFA awards: Notable votes for Men's Player of the Year award 2021

Sports Mole looks at some of the most notable votes from international captains and coaches for The Best FIFA Men's Player award.

Robert Lewandowski was named as The Best FIFA Men's Player of the Year for the second year in a row on Monday night, finishing ahead of Lionel Messi and Mohamed Salah in the voting.

The Poland international has been rewarded for a stunning 2021 which saw him break Gerd Muller's long-standing records for most goals in a Bundesliga season and most Bundesliga goals in a calendar year.

Here, Sports Mole rounds up some of the more notable voting patterns from international team captains and coaches for the award.



Lionel Messi in action for Paris Saint-Germain on December 22, 2021© Reuters

Lionel Messi
1. Neymar
2. Kylian Mbappe
3. Karim Benzema

David Alaba
1. Robert Lewandowski
2. Karim Benzema
3. Jorginho

Eden Hazard
1. Karim Benzema
2. Kevin De Bruyne
3. Jorginho

Thiago Silva
1. Neymar
2. Robert Lewandowski
3. Jorginho

Luka Modric
1. Karim Benzema
2. Jorginho
3. Robert Lewandowski

Mohamed Salah in action for Liverpool in January 2022© Reuters

Mohamed Salah
1. Jorginho
2. Lionel Messi
3. Robert Lewandowski

Harry Kane
1. Robert Lewandowski
2. Lionel Messi
3. N'Golo Kante

Hugo Lloris
1. Karim Benzema
2. Kylian Mbappe
3. N'Golo Kante

Manuel Neuer
1. Robert Lewandowski
2. Mohamed Salah
3. N'Golo Kante

Giorgio Chiellini
1. Jorginho
2. Robert Lewandowski
3. N'Golo Kante

Son Heung-min
1. Robert Lewandowski
2. Lionel Messi
3. N'Golo Kante

Virgil van Dijk
1. Mohamed Salah
2. Robert Lewandowski
3. N'Golo Kante

Bayern Munich's Robert Lewandowski pictured on November 23, 2021© Reuters

Robert Lewandowski
1. Jorginho
2. Lionel Messi
3. Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo
1. Robert Lewandowski
2. N'Golo Kante
3. Jorginho

Andrew Robertson
1. Mohamed Salah
2. Robert Lewandowski
3. Lionel Messi

Sergio Busquets
1. Lionel Messi
2. Robert Lewandowski
3. Erling Braut Haaland

Victor Lindelof
1. Cristiano Ronaldo
2. Robert Lewandowski
3. Karim Benzema

Granit Xhaka
1. Mohamed Salah
2. Cristiano Ronaldo
3. Karim Benzema

Wales attacker Gareth Bale celebrates scoring against Belarus on September 5, 2021© Reuters

Gareth Bale
1. Robert Lewandowski
2. Karim Benzema
3. Mohamed Salah

Gareth Southgate
1. Jorginho
2. Kevin De Bruyne
3. Lionel Messi

Fernando Santos
1. N'Golo Kante
2. Jorginho
3. Robert Lewandowski

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