It has been another truly eventful year in the world of football with some exhilarating performances and goals by some of the world’s best players.
The Best FIFA Football Awards is a prestigious event in the football calendar and there are so many different categories to judge, which is an unenviable task for the panel of judges.
Here at NetBet, you will have looked at our sports betting pages and likely bet on some of these players and their teams, so without further delay, let us take a look at the big winners on the night!
FIFA Best Men’s Player Award
Polish striker Robert Lewandowski has had a fantastic year in football and deservedly beat off the challenge of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi to lift the FIFA Best Men’s Player Award.
The 32-year-old has been one of the most prolific strikers in the world for a number of years now and his form shows no sign of slowing down.
Bayern Munich have been the dominant team in Europe over the past two years and a big reason for that is the avalanche of goals struck by Lewandowski.
There is no doubt that the striker will look to keep up that sparkling form in front of goal to give Bayern another shot at a Champions League title. To be crowned FIFA player of the year and beat of the likes of Messi and Ronaldo is no mean feat.
Usually, Lewandowski is a sure fire bet to score first and we have many features taking a look at the best games in the world so take a look at all the latest football betting news.
FIFA Best Women’s Player Award
Lucy Bronze matched her male counterpart by winning the women’s equivalent by producing a series of magnificent performances in defence for club and country.
The England and Manchester City defender has won a series of admirers for her displays as she becomes the first player from England to win a FIFA Football Award.
Bronze is in the peak of her career at the age of 29 and will surely be a huge part of the England squad for years to come.
FIFA Best Men’s and Women’s Goalkeepers
Bayern Munich enjoyed more success at the FIFA Football Awards following Lewandowski’s gong as Manuel Neuer picked up the best goalkeeper award.
Neuer beat off serious competition from Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker and Atletico Madrid goalie Jan Oblak after a very impressive season, shipping just 31 goals in 33 games in the Bundesliga.
Lyon and France goalkeeper Sarah Bouhaddi won the women’s goalkeeper award after a stellar season for club and country.
FIFA Best Coach of the Year
Jurgen Klopp won this award for the second successive year after guiding Liverpool to the first league title for 30 years.
This follows on from winning the Champions League the previous season and the German was magnanimous to his counterparts after getting the award.
Bayern’s Hansi Flick and Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa were beaten into the runners-up spots by Klopp.
Needless to say, he will be eyeing a third FIFA Football Award in a row, hoping for a Premier League and Champions League double with Liverpool.
FIFA Puskas Award for Best Goal
Tottenham Hotspur’s dynamic attacker Heung-Min Son picked up this award for his stunning solo effort against Burnley in the Premier League.
Picking the ball up deep inside his own half, the South Korean beat off five challenges before calmly slotting past Nick Pope in the Burnley goal.
Son is in the form of his career at Spurs so will look to add another wonder goal to his growing collection.