Putellas and Messi are the top favorites to get the prize awarded by FIFA
The Catalan will compete with Samm Kerr (Chelsea) and his partner Jenni Hermoso, while Messi will compete with Lewandowski (Bayern) and Salah (Liverpool)
Leo Messi and Alexia Putellas they can culminate a spectacular year 2021 by expanding their track record. After winning the Golden Ball, both have reached the final of the ‘The Best’ award and are running as top favorites to win the award.
In the men’s modality, the Argentine star will compete with Robert Lewandowski and Mohamed Salah. The Pole already took him in 2020 after a stratospheric season with Bayern Munich, while Messi did it in 2019 with Barça. The big surprise has been Jorginho, who has been left out of the list of the three finalists after curdling a great season with Chelsea and leading the Italian National Team to lift the European Championship.
The winner of the trophy is decided by the votes of the captains and coaches of the national teams. Each captain and player can vote for three players, awarding five points to the first classified, three to the second and one to the third. The only condition is that of not being able to vote for a player from the same national team.
In the female modality, the Spanish players of Barcelona Alexia Putellas and Jennifer Hermoso will compete with Chelsea Australian Sam Kerr for ‘The Best’ award to the best player of the year that will be awarded by FIFA on January 17.
The Top favorite will be Alexia Putellas, who already got the last Golden Ball thanks to his great season at Barcelona, a club with which he won, among other titles, the Champions League.
In favor of the player of the Blaugrana team, the former American soccer player Kristine Lilly, two-time world champion with her team and in charge of announcing the name of the three finalists, spoke. “I prefer Alexia and the importance she has in the team. But it is difficult, Jennifer has scored a lot of goals, but Alexia has also scored. Sam I have seen her and she is very good. I lean a little towards Alexia. The three of them have to be very proud“he commented.
For her part, Jennifer Hermoso will compete for first place with her partner after finishing behind her in the Ballon d’Or award. Sam Kerr, meanwhile, finished in third place and also aspires to surprise.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.