He’s done it again: Robert Lewandowski from FC Bayern is a world footballer again. The fact that the Pole scooped the title again also had something to do with a tactical choice by his “clique”. Erling Haaland from Borussia Dortmund, on the other hand, “only” came eleventh in the vote. This was partly due to the fact that the BVB star did not get the full number of points from home.
In the election for the world footballer – or “FIFA The Best”, as it is called in full – coaches and captains of all national teams as well as selected journalists and fans vote for the best player of the year 2021. While some captains chose the best player in their own country, BVB shooting star Erling Haaland lacked full support from Norway.
Captain Martin Ödegaard put Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema at number one on his list, giving Haaland’s competitor five points in the standings. Haaland himself had to settle for second place (3 points) ahead of Lionel Messi (1 point).
Norway’s national coach Stale Solbakken didn’t put the BVB attacker all the way forward either. Here the 21-year-old only came in third. In front of him: Robert Lewandowski in P1, Lionel Messi in P2.
Most recently, the Norwegian media also voted Haaland’s competitors from FC Bayern in first place, their compatriot in second place and Mohamed Salah from Liverpool FC in third place. In the end, Haaland had seven votes in the overall voting.
Messi ignored Lewandowski
With significantly more support, Lewandowski finally secured the title. National coach Hansi Flick and captain Manuel Neuer put their former protégé and current teammate in first place and gave him full points twice.
The fact that both Messi did not score points at all, but voted for Salah and Kylian Mbappé (Flick) as well as Salah and N’Golo Kanté (Neuer), made Lewandowski’s first place even more valuable.
Lewandowski also acted tactically as Poland’s captain and “only” put Messi in second place as his main competitor, Jorginho from Chelsea received five points. While the Bayern striker did consider the Argentinian, Lewandowski was not even included in the selection of La Albiceleste’s captain.
Messi simply chose his PSG colleagues Neymar and Mappé and Real attacker Benzema. In the end, however, that didn’t help either. With 48 points, Lewandowski won the “FIFA The Best” vote in 2021 and won the title of world footballer ahead of Messi (44).