Mon. May 23rd, 2022

Sam Kerr has been beaten to FIFA’s best female player this year by Barcelona’s Alexia Putellas.

The Matildas captain came in second after Putellas, with another Spanish midfielder, Jenni Hermoso, also of European Champions League winners Barcelona, ​​in third.

Robert Lewandowski from Bayern Munich and Poland won the men’s prize ahead of Lionel Messi and Mo Salah.

The awards were held in Zurich, although most guests showed up via video link. The Australian captain was not on display as she prepares for Matildas’ opening match of the Asian Cup in India on Friday.

Kerr surprisingly did not reach the FIFPRO women’s world XI, but neither did Putellas or Hermoso in a very strange selection that did not include any players from either Barcelona or the Tokyo Olympic gold medalists in Canada.

Kerr’s boss at Chelsea, Emma Hayes, was this year’s women’s football coach, with Thomas Tuchel, also from Chelsea, receiving the men’s award.

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International captains, coaches and selected media are in the polls. Kerr himself voted for Putellas, Barcelona and Norway’s Caroline Graham Hansen and Hermoso in the player category.

As a coach, she voted for Hayes, Barcelona’s Lluis Cortes and Bev Priestman from Canada.

Tony Gustavsson, Matildas’ coach, voted for Kerr, Putellas and Arsenal’s Vivianne Miedema.

Kerr scored 38 points, 14 behind Putellas and five ahead of Hermoso.

The 27-year-old Putellas was at the heart of Barcelona’s women’s team, which won the Spanish league and the UEFA Champions League.

Robert Lewandowski points to his chest and opens his mouth with his other arm out to the side
Robert Lewandowski’s record-breaking goal-scoring feat for Bayern Munich helped the Polish striker win the FIFA award for best male player.(Getty Images: Stefan Matzke – sampics / Corbis)

Productive striker Lewandowski won the award for the second year in a row after a season in which he broke Gerd Mueller’s 49-year-old record of 40 goals in a single Bundesliga campaign.

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In addition to the coaching awards, Chelsea enjoyed further recognition with their Senegalese international Edouard Mendy, who won the award for best goalkeeper for men.

Chile and Olympique Lyonnais’ Christiane Endler was named the best female goalkeeper.

The Puskas award for best goal of the year was won by Argentine Erik Lamela, now with Spanish club Sevilla, for his goal for Tottenham Hotspur against Arsenal.

Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo received a special award for breaking the record for most international matches for men – he scored for the 115th time in Portugal’s victory over Ireland in September.

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