May 24, 2022

The Best: Messi snubs Lewandowski, Deschamps pro-Blues, Thiago Silva chose Neymar… The details of the votes

Bayern Munich and Poland striker Robert Lewandowski received The Best FIFA 2021 trophy for the best player of the year on Monday. The international body revealed the details of the votes.

Messi did not vote for Lewandowski at The Best trophy

FIFA has revealed the details of the votes which made it possible to award The Best 2021 Robert Lewandowski trophy on Monday. This gives the opportunity to observe the choices of the jury, made up of national team coaches and their captains in particular. With, as always, some crisp anecdotes.

Messi zaps Lewandowski

As Argentina captain, Lionel Messi took part in these votes. And the Paris Saint-Germain striker zapped Lewandowski, preferring to choose his Parisian teammates Neymar and Kylian Mbapp, then Karim Benzema. The Pulga therefore did not award any points to the one who was his main rival for the Ballon d’Or 2021. On the other hand, the Polish striker from Bayern Munich, he voted for the Argentinian, in second position between Jorginho and Cristiano Ronaldo .

Ronaldo, who wears the armband with Portugal, did not mention Messi in his vote. On the other hand, CR7 placed Lewandowski in the lead ahead of N’Golo Kant and Jorginho. But the Portuguese international is likely to observe with bitterness the vote of his coach. Indeed, Fernando Santos did not name his star, preferring to attribute his points to Kant, Jorginho and Lewandowski. A rather logical sporting choice, but which risks making Portugal talk…

Deschamps votes for three Blues

For his part, Didier Deschamps will not upset his players. The coach of the France team chose, exactly like his captain Hugo Lloris (and in the same order), three Blues: Benzema, Mbapp and Kant. It should be noted that the French striker of Real Madrid also came out on top in the vote of Algerian coach Djamel Belmadi, ahead of Mohamed Salah and Kant. In Argentina, Lionel Scaloni cast a 100% PSG vote: Messi, Mbapp and Neymar.

Among the other main coaches, the Italian Roberto Mancini voted for Jorginho, Lewandowski and Mbapp, while the German Hansi Flick chose Lewandowski, Salah and Mbapp. The Dutchman Louis Van Gaal preferred to reward Kant, ahead of Kevin De Bruyne and Salah. Brazilian Tite gave Lewandowski, Salah and Benzema his points, while captain Thiago Silva quoted Neymar ahead of Lewandowski and Jorginho. A choice, like many others, very surprising…

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