FIFA's The Best awards 2021: Nominees, dates & full details

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FIFA's The Best awards recognise the greatest individual talents across football, with the Best Men's Player and Best Women's Players set to be honoured.

Previous winners of the Best awards have included Robert Lewandowski and Lucy Bronze, and attention will turn to which players will be celebrated this year.

Goal has what you need to know about the Best awards ceremony, when it will take place, which players are nominated and more.

When will The Best 2021 award ceremony take place?

The Best awards will take place on Monday January 17, 2022.

The next iteration of the ceremony will be a little late, as it is usually held in October, September and December.

Last year, the awards ceremony took place on Thursday December 17, 2020, with proceedings getting started at 6pm BST (1pm ET). It was a virtual event due to public health restrictions in place across the world.

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How to watch The Best 2021 awards

FIFA will stream The Best awards 2021 on its various media channels, including YouTube, Facebook and Twitter, as well as its official website.

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How to vote for The Best 2021 awards

Fans could vote for their The Best choices on FIFA.com.

Voting ran until 1am GMT on December 11, 2021.

The Best Men's Player of the Year 2021 nominees

Nominees for this year's ceremony were announced on Monday, November 22.

The voting process began on Monday November 22 and ended on the night of Friday December 10, 2021.

Players such as Lionel Messi, Robert Lewandowski and Jorginho are favourites for the award, with N'Golo Kante, Karim Benzema and Romelu Lukaku also likely to be in the mix.

Player

Club

Country

Karim Benzema

Real Madrid

France

Kevin De Bruyne

Manchester City

Belgium

Erling Haaland

Borussia Dortmund

Norway

Jorginho

Chelsea

Italy

N'Golo Kante

Chelsea

France

Robert Lewandowski

Bayern Munich

Poland

Lionel Messi

Barcelona/PSG

Argentina

Kylian Mbappe

PSG

France

Neymar

PSG

Brazil

Cristiano Ronaldo

Juventus/Manchester United

Portugal

Mohamed Salah

Liverpool

Egypt

The Best Women's Player of the Year 2021 nominees

Barcelona stars Alexia Putellas and Jennifer Hermoso are considered strong contenders after a stellar season with the Catalan side.

Player

Club

Country

Stina Blackstenius

BK Hacken

Sweden

Aitana Bonmati

Barcelona

Spain

Lucy Bronze

Manchester City

England

Magdalena Eriksson

Chelsea

Sweden

Caroline Graham

Barcelona

Norway

Pernille Harder

Chelsea

Denmark

Jennifer Hermoso

Barcelona

Spain

Ji So-yun

Chelsea

South Korea

Sam Kerr

Chelsea

Australia

Vivianne Miedema

Arsenal

Netherlands

Ellen White

Manchester City

England

Alexia Putellas

Barcelona

Spain

Christine Sinclair

Portland Thorns

Canada

The Best FIFA Men's Coach 2021 nominees

Roberto Mancini and Thomas Tuchel are strong contenders for the award, after winning Euro 2020 with Italy and the 2021 Champions League with Chelsea, respectively.

Manager

Team

Country

Antonio Conte

Inter/Tottenham

Italy

Hansi Flick

Bayern/German national team

Germany

Pep Guardiola

Manchester City

Spain

Roberto Mancini

Italy national team

Italy

Lionel Sebastian Scaloni

Argentina national team

Argentina

Diego Simeone

Atletico Madrid

Argentina

Thomas Tuchel

Chelsea

Germany

The Best FIFA Women's Coach 2021 nominees

Emma Hayes is a favourite as Chelsea Women's manager, alongside Barcelona Women's Lluis Cortes.

Manager

Team

Country

Lluis Cortes

Barcelona

Spain

Peter Gerhadsson

Sweden national team

Sweden

Emma Hayes

Chelsea

England

Beverly Priestman

Canada national team

England

Sarina Wiegman

Netherlands national team/England national team

Netherlands

The Best FIFA Men's Goalkeeper 2021 nominees

Chelsea's Edouard Mendy, Bayern Munich stalwart Manuel Neuer and Italy shotstopper Gianluigi Donnarummer make up the final three nominees.

Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson and Leicester City legend Kasper Schmeichel were cut from the shortlist.

Player

Club

Country

Gianluigi Donnarumma

AC Milan/PSG

Italy

Edouard Mendy

Chelsea

Senegal

Manuel Neuer

Bayern Munich

Germany

The Best FIFA Women's Goalkeeper 2021 nominees

Ann-Katrin Berger from Chelsea is in the running for the Women's Goalkeeper award alongside Stephanie Lynn Marie Labbe and Christiane Endler.

Hedvig Lindahl and Alyssa Naeher missed the final three cut.

Player

Club

Country

Ann-Katrin Berger

Chelsea

Germany

Christiane Endler

PSG/Lyon

Chile

Stephanie Lynn Marie Labbe

Rosengard/PSG

Canada

FIFPro World 11 2021

At each The Best awards ceremony, the FIFPro World 11 is also announced, confirming the best 'dream team' of the season.

The award, which is voted for by professional footballers across the world, takes into account performances between October 8, 2020 and August 7, 2021.

Players from Chelsea and Manchester City have a strong claim for inclusion, as do individuals from the Italy and Argentina national teams following their respective continental successes.

FIFA Puskas award 2021 nominees

A longlist of nominees for the 2021 FIFA Puskas award was announced in November before being narrowed down to three finalists. Erik Lamela's goal for Tottenham against Arsenal is among the nominations, as is Patrik Schick's outrageous long-range strike against Scotland at Euro 2020. Mehdi Taremi's Champions League strike against Chelsea completes the finalists.

Nominee

Goal

Competition

Erik Lamela

Arsenal vs Tottenham - March 14, 2021

Premier League

Patrik Schick

Czech Republic vs Scotland - June 14, 2021

Euro 2020

Mehdi Taremi

Chelsea vs Porto - April 13, 2021

Champions League

You can watch the goals below.

Erik Lamela goal vs Arsenal

— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial)

Patrik Schick goal vs Scotland

— UEFA Nations League (@EURO2024)

Mehdi Taremi goal vs Chelsea

— UEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague)

Previous winners of The Best Men's Player of the Year

Year Winner Country
2016 Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal
2017 Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal
2018 Luka Modric Croatia
2019 Lionel Messi Argentina
2020 Robert Lewandowski Poland

Previous winners of The Best Women's Player of the Year

Year Winner Country
2016 Carli Lloyd USA
2017 Lieke Martens Netherlands
2018 Marta Brazil
2019 Megan Rapinoe USA
2020 Lucy Bronze England

Previous winners of The Best Men's Goalkeeper of the Year

Year Winner Country
2017 Gianluigi Buffon Italy
2018 Thibaut Courtois Belgium
2019 Alisson Brazil
2020 Manuel Neuer Germany

Previous winners of The Best Women's Goalkeeper of the Year

Year Winner Country
2019 Sari van Veenendaal Netherlands
2020 Sarah Bouhhaddi France

Previous winners of The Best Men's Coach of the Year

Year Winner Country
2016 Claudio Ranieri Italy
2017 Zinedine Zidane France
2018 Didier Deschamps France
2019 Jurgen Klopp Germany
2020 Jurgen Klopp Germany

Previous winners of The Best Women's Coach of the Year

Year Winner Country
2016 Silvia Neid Germany
2017 Sarina Wiegman Netherlands
2018 Reynald Pedros France
2019 Jill Ellis England
2020 Sarina Wiegman Netherlands

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