Chelsea and Senegalese goalkeeper Edouard Mendy has been crowned the best Fifa Men’s Goalkeeper for the year 2021, Owosports.com.ng reports.
The 29-year-old beat Italy’s Gianluigi Donnarumma and Germany’s Manuel Neuer to the top prize in the Awards which was held in Zurich to become the first African goalkeeper to win the award.
The former Rennes goalkeeper had an impressive first season at Chelsea after helping the Blues to win their second Uefa Champions League crown keeping a record nine clean sheets in the process.
Eduardo Mendy is currently with the Senegalese team at the Africa Cup of Nations and he has been described as a pride to the continent as he looks forward to playing his first match in Cameroon against Malawi on Tuesday after missing the first two games to positive COVID-19 test.
Other awards, Poland’s Robert Lewandowski beats Egypt’s Mo Salah and Argentina’s Lionel Messi to the best Men’s Player Award, Chelsea’s Thomas Tuchel and Emma Hayes won the best Men’s and Women’s coach of the year award respectively.
Best men’s player: Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich and Poland)
Best women’s player: Alexia Putellas (Barcelona and Spain)
Best men’s coach: Thomas Tuchel (Chelsea)
Best women’s coach: Emma Hayes (Chelsea)
Best men’s goalkeeper: Edouard Mendy (Chelsea and Senegal)
Best women’s goalkeeper: Christiane Endler (Lyon and Chile)
Best men’s special award: Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United, Juventus and Portugal)
Best women’s special award: Christine Sinclair (Portland Thorns and Canada)
Puskas Award: Erik Lamela (Arsenal vs TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR)
Fan award: Denmark and Finland fans
Fair Play Award: Denmark national team/Danish medical team and coaching staff
FIFPRO men’s world XI:
Goalkeeper: Gianluigi Donnarumma (AC Milan, Paris Saint-Germain)
Defenders: David Alaba (Bayern Munich,Real Madrid), Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus) and Ruben Dias (Manchester City)
Midfielders: Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City), Jorginho (Chelsea) and N’Golo Kante (Chelsea)
Forwards: Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus,Manchester United), Erling Haaland (Borussia Dortmund), Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich) and Lionel Messi (Barcelona/Paris Saint-Germain)
FIFPRO women’s world XI:
Goalkeeper: Christiane Endler (Paris Saint-Germain, Lyon)
Defenders: Millie Bright (Chelsea), Lucy Bronze (Manchester City), Magdalena Eriksson (Chelsea) and Wendie Renard (Lyon)
Midfielders: Estefania Banini (Levante, Atletico Madrid), Barbara Bonansea (Juventus) and Carli Lloyd (NJ/NY Gotham)
Forwards: Marta (Orlando Pride), Vivianne Miedema (Arsenal), and Alex Morgan (Tottenham Hotspur, Orlando Pride, San Diego Wave)