Robert Lewandowski lands FIFA Best men's award as Alexia Putellas wins Best women's award

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Robert Lewandowski named best men's footballer and Alexia Putellas named top women's player at Best FIFA awards; Chelsea head coaches Thomas Tuchel and Emma Hayes win coach of the year awards; Edouard Mendy named top 'keeper

Robert Lewandowski was crowned the best men’s player award and Alexia Putellas named best women’s player at the Best FIFA awards.

The main awards are voted for by a jury made up of current national team coaches and captains, one specialist journalist from each territory represented by a national team and fans registered on FIFA.com.

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Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel was named FIFA Best men’s coach of the year after steering his club to Champions League glory last season.

The 48-year-old German replaced Frank Lampard at Stamford Bridge in January 2021 and had an immediate impact, starting his spell with a 14-game unbeaten run.

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Former Borussia Dortmund and Paris St Germain head coach Tuchel also led Chelsea to the FA Cup final and a fourth-placed finish in the Premier League.

He was named on a seven-man shortlist alongside Antonio Conte, Hansi Flick, Pep Guardiola, Roberto Mancini, Lionel Scaloni and Diego Simeone.

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Chelsea’s Emma Hayes won the FIFA Best women’s coach of the year award.

Robert Lewandowski lands FIFA Best men's award as Alexia Putellas wins Best women's award

Image: Emma Hayes won two trophies with Chelsea last season

Hayes, 45, guided the Blues to Women’s Super League, League Cup and FA Cup glory last season and steered the London side to the Champions League final.

She was named WSL manager of the season for her feats and was awarded an OBE in the New Year Honours for services to football.

Hayes said she was taken aback at winning the accolade and paid tribute to her players and staff at Chelsea.

Speaking via video link at the ceremony, she said: “I’m completely shocked. It’s down to the players and the fantastic people who represent my work. Ultimately, the coach is only as good as the people they have around them.

“I’ve got brilliant people at Chelsea that have helped to support the team to the place we’re at. Honestly, I’m absolutely shocked right now.”

Robert Lewandowski lands FIFA Best men's award as Alexia Putellas wins Best women's award

Image: Edouard Mendy, Chelsea

Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy was named men’s goalkeeper of the year for 2021 at the FIFA Best Football Awards.

Mendy, 29, is in his second season at the Premier League club after joining from Rennes in September 2020.

The Senegal international had been nominated alongside Italy and AC Milan’s Gianluigi Donnarumma and Germany and Bayern Munich’s Manuel Neuer.

Chile’s Christiane Endler, who joined Lyon from Paris St Germain in June 2021, was named women’s goalkeeper of the year.

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