The 2021 Globe Soccer Awards ceremony takes place from 16:30 WAT this Monday
Held in Dubai every year, the awards are now 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 esports players.
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The finalists were chosen after a vote that saw five million fans take part.
According to Marca, vote to decide the winners officially closed on December 20, and today we will see which players, coaches and directors take home the awards.
Below as the 12 winners are announced. Voting results are also expected to be released later the same day.
2021 Men’s Player of the Year
Winner: Kylian Mbappe (PSG / France)
There are six finalists for the Globe Soccer Awards Men’s Player of the Year and all six were in the Top 10 of the Ballon d’Or final voting results.
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.
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.
2021 Women’s Club of the Year
Winner: FC Barcelona
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.
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.
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.
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.
2021 Men’s National Team of the Year
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Globe Soccer Awards also managed to recognize Cristiano Ronaldo with one of the other awards handed out on the night:
Globe Soccer Awards 2021 results
- Men’s Player of the Year – Kylian Mbappe
- Maradona Award – Robert Lewandowski
- Top Scorer of All Time – Cristiano Ronaldo
- Best National Team of the Year – Italy
- Best Agent of the Year – Federico Pastorello
- Best Sporting Director of the Year – Txiki Begiristain
- Best Men’s Club of the Year – Chelsea
- Best Defender of the Year – Leonardo Bonucci
- Best Goalkeeper of the Year – Gianluigi Donnarumma
- Women’s Club of the Year – Barcelona
- Women’s Player of the Year – Alexia Putellas
- Innovation Award – Serie A
- Best eSports Player of the Year – Msdossary7
- Best Youth Academy in Africa – ZED FC
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