It was more disappointment for Robert Lewandowski, who after losing out on the 2021 Ballon d’Or to Lionel Messi in a controversial vote, also missed out on the Globe Soccer Award’s Men’s Player of the Year award. 

Only a few weeks after Messi finished ahead of the Bayern Munich star forward in France Football’s vote involving media members around the world, the Globe Soccer Award ceremony didn’t remedy what many felt to be an injustice given the 2021 campaign produced by the Polish forward.

It was Kylian Mbappe who came away with the 2021 Globe Soccer award, despite falling well short of Lewandowski’s achievements. The Bayern striker scored 69 goals during the calendar year, widely recognized as second-best scoring year ever and matching Cristiano Ronaldo’s 2013. Lewandowski also won the Bundesliga title, the German Super Cup, the FIFA Club World Cup and set the record for most Bundesliga goals in a calendar year.

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The 23-year-old Mbappe, who finished 9th in the Ballon d’Or voting, had 51 total goals for club and country in 2021, help PSG to a French Cup trophy, but falling short of the Ligue 1 title by a point and losing in the Champions League semifinals to Manchester City, though Mbappe was injured and missed the second leg. The French attacker also scored eight goals for France in 2021, helping the world champions to win the 2021 UEFA Nations League.

Lewandowski will have to console himself with the TikTok Fan’s Player of the Year award, selected by “TikTok fans”, according to an event release. It was the final honor unveiled on the night with the event presenters framing it as the showpiece award of the gala. It is definitely debatable as to whether it’s a more prestigious award, especially given the qualifier on the title.

Similar to what occurred at the Ballon d’Or gala in Paris, Lewandowski also came away with a separate Globe Soccer award for the most prolific striker (the inaugural “Diego Maradona Award”). The debut of the Striker of the Year award at the Ballon d’Or event was interpreted by many as a consolation prize for the 33-year-old forward.

Held in Dubai every year, the Globe Soccer Awards have become 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 beginning in 2021 esports players.

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Below are the results of the 12 primary Globe Soccer Awards and other ancillary honors awarded on Monday, Dec. 27. According to an official release, “fans accounted for a 40 percent share of the votes, while a special jury — comprising coaches, directors and club presidents — made up the remainder.”

2021 Men’s Player of the Year

Winner: Kylian Mbappe (PSG / France)

Robert Lewandowski missed out on the Globe Soccer Award’s Men’s Player of the Year honor, settling instead for the 2021 Fans’ Player of the Year award.

PlayerClubNational TeamAge
Karim BenzemaReal MadridFrance34
Robert LewandowskiBayern MunichPoland33
Kylian MbappePSGFrance23
Lionel MessiPSGArgentina34
Cristiano RonaldoManchester UnitedPortugal36
Mohamed SalahLiverpoolEgypt29

2021 Women’s Player of the Year

Winner: Alexia Putellas (FC Barcelona / Spain)

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. 

PlayerClubNational TeamAge
Lucy BronzeManchester CityEngland30
Jennifer HermosoFC BarcelonaSpain31
Sam KerrChelseaAustralia28
Lieke MartensFC BarcelonaNetherlands29
Alex MorganSan Diego Wave FCUSA32
Alexia PutellasFC BarcelonaSpain29

2021 Men’s Club of the Year

Winner: Chelsea (England)

The six clubs up for this award included the Champions League winners in Europe, Asia and Africa and it’s the best team in Europe that took the prize.

ClubCountry2021 Honors
Al AhlyEgyptCAF Champions League winner
CAF Super Cup winner
Egyptian Premier League runner-up
Al HilalSaudi ArabiaAFC Champions League winner
Saudi Pro League champion
Saudi Super Cup runner-up
Atletico MadridSpainLa Liga champions
ChelseaEnglandUEFA Champions League winner
FA Cup finalist
FlamengoBrazilCopa Libertadores runner-up
Brazil Serie A runner-up
Campeonato Carioca champion
Supercopa do Brasil winner
Copa do Brasil semi-finalist
Manchester CityEnglandEnglish Premier League champion
English League Cup winner
UEFA Champions League finalist
FA Cup semi-finalist

2021 Women’s Club of the Year

Winner: FC Barcelona (Spain)

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:

ClubCountry2021 Honors
BarcelonaSpainUEFA Women’s Champions League winners
Spain Primera Division champion
Copa de la Reina winners
Spain Supercopa semifinalist
Bayern MunichGermanyFrauen Bundesliga champion
UEFA Champions League semifinalist
Saudi Super Cup runner-up
ChelseaEnglandFA Women’s Super League champion
Women’s FA Cup winner
Women’s League Cup winner
Women’s Community Shield winner
UEFA Women’s Champions League runner-up
Manchester CityEnglandFA Women’s Super League runner-up
Women’s FA Cup semifinalist
UEFA Women’s Champions League quarterfinalist
Paris Saint-GermainFranceFrance Division 1 champion
UEFA Women’s Champions League semifinalist

2021 Men’s Defender of the Year

Winner: Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus / Italy)

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. 

PlayerClubNational TeamAge
Trent Alexander-ArnoldLiverpoolEngland23
Cesar AzpilicuetaChelseaSpain32
Leonardo BonucciJuventusItaly34
Giorgio ChielliniJuventusItaly37
Ruben DiasManchester CityPortugal24
Antonio RudigerChelseaGermany28

2021 Men’s Goalkeeper of the Year

Winner: Gianluigi Donnarumma (PSG / 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 event.

PlayerClubNational TeamAge
Thibaut CourtoisReal MadridBelgium29
Gianluigi DonnarummaPSGItaly22
Emiliano MartinezAston VillaArgentina29
Edouard MendyChelseaSenegal29
Manuel NeuerBayern MunichGermany35

2021 Men’s Coach of the Year

Winner: Roberto Mancini

The Italian national team made a clean sweep of the trophies for which the team and its players were eligible. Mancini not only led Italy to the Euro 2021 title, but also to a record 37-match unbeaten streak.

But Mancini will have his work cut out for him to help Italy to make the 2022 World Cup after dropping into the playoffs, where the Italians will likely have to contend with Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal.

The men’s Coach of the Year was always going to be an interesting selection, especially when it came to weighing the achievements of club coaches and national team coaches.

CoachTeamAge2021 Honors
Didier DeschampsFrance53UEFA Nations League winner
UEFA Euro 2021 Rd of 16
FIFA World Cup qualification
Hansi FlickBayern Munich / Germany56Bundesliga champion
FIFA Club World Cup winner
UEFA Champions League quarterfinalist
FIFA World Cup qualification
Pep GuardiolaManchester City50English Premier League champion
English League Cup winner
UEFA Champions League finalist
FA Cup semi-finalist
Roberto ManciniItaly57UEFA Euro 2021 winner
UEFA Nations League semifinalist
37-match record unbeaten streak
Lionel ScaloniArgentina43Copa America 2021 winner
FIFA World Cup qualification
27-match unbeaten streak
Thomas TuchelChelsea48UEFA Champions League winner
FA Cup finalist

2021 Men’s National Team of the Year

Winner: Italy

After Leonardo Bonucci and Gigi Donnarumma won the best defender and best goalkeeper awards, Italy claimed the honor for best national team in the world for 2021.

Among the other finalists, Argentina also had a compelling case when taking into account its impressive unbeaten run though it did not quite reach the Italians’ level.

Nation2021 Honors
ArgentinaCopa America 2021 winner
FIFA 2022 World Cup qualification
27-match unbeaten streak
BrazilCopa America finalist
FIFA 2022 World Cup qualification
1st place South America qualifying
FranceUEFA Nations League winner
UEFA Euro 2021 Rd of 16
FIFA 2022 World Cup qualification
ItalyUEFA Euro 2021 winner
UEFA Nations League semifinalist
37-match record unbeaten streak
Morocco2021 African Nations Championship winner
FIFA Arab Cup quarterfinalist

2021 Sporting Director of the Year

Winner: Txiki Beguiristain (Manchester City)

Manchester City had an incredibly successful 2021 year, winning the English Premier League, the English League Cup and reaching the final of the 2021 UEFA Champions League.

The other finalists were executives who similarly constructed teams that excelled in 2021, including Italian Serie A champions Inter Milan and reigning French champs Lille.

NameClubAgeNationality
Piero AusilioInter Milan47Italy
Txiki BegiristainManchester City57Spain
Luis CamposN/A (ex-Lille)57Portugal
Roberto OlabeReal Sociedad54Spain
Marc OvermarsAjax48Netherlands

2021 Agent of the Year

Winner: Federico Pastorello

An award for the agents! A couple of these are household names among football fans.

Pastorello was front-and-center in the $135-million Romelu Lukaku transfer from Inter Milan to Chelsea.

AgentAgeAgencyProminent Clients
Jonathan Barnett71ICM Stellar SportsJack Grealish
Gareth Bale
Jorge Mendes55GestifuteCristiano Ronaldo
Ruben Dias
Joao Cancelo
Bernardo Silva
Federico Pastorello48P&P Sport ManagementRomelu Lukaku
Kasper Schmeichel
Mino Raiola54N/A — Client ListErling Haaland
Gigi Donnarumma
Paul Pogba
Pini Zahavi78N/A — Client ListRobert Lewandowski
Christopher Nkunku

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.

NameAkaNationalityCurrent Team
Mosaad AldossaryMsdossary7Saudi ArabiaTeam Falcons
Nicolas VillalbaNicolas99fcArgentinaGuild Esports
Niklas RaseckNRaseckGermanyGuild Esports
Corentin ChevreyRocKyFranceTeam Vitality
Donovan HuntTekkzUnited KingdomFnatic

Miscellaneous Awards

The Globe Soccer Awards also managed to recognize Cristiano Ronaldo with one of the other awards handed out on the night:

  • Top Goal Scorer of All-Time: Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United / Portugal)
  • Career Award: Ronaldinho (Brazil)
  • Diego Maradona Award (most prolific scorer): Robert Lewandowski (Bayern / Poland)
  • Africa Youth Academy of the Year: Zed FC (Egypt)
  • Innovation Award: Serie A (Italy)