International football stars celebrated at the 2021 Dubai Globe Soccer Awards


TikTok fans made their voices heard by voting by the millions around the world to name Robert Lewandowski as the best player of the year. This exceptional athlete was also the worthy recipient of the award that honors Maradona’s memory, naming him top scorer of the year in recognition of his 69 goals in major club competitions.

Widely regarded as the top scorer in the history of the sport, Cristiano Ronaldo has been named all-time top scorer, thanks to an impressive career that has seen him named top scorer in the history of the Champions League and National Teams FIFA, in addition he is the only player to have scored more than 100 goals with three clubs and national teams (England, Spain and Italy). Jorge Mendes received the award on behalf of Cristiano earlier in the evening.

A total of 17 categories were awarded at the ceremony, which saw French striker of Ligue 1 club Paris Saint-Germain and France’s national team Kylian Mbappé win the prestigious award for best male player of the year. , beating Cristiano Ronaldo, a record six times. of the award, as well as Lionel Messi, Mohamed Salah, Karim Benzema and Robert Lewandowski. English club Chelsea took home the award for Best Men’s Club of the Year, overtaking contenders Al Ahly, Al Hilal, Flamengo, Atlético Madrid and Manchester City.

The honor of the 2021 Women’s Player of the Year went to Spanish midfielder and team captain Alexia Putellas, who also accepted the award for Best Women’s Club of the Year on behalf of her club. of Barcelona. Putellas won against Lucy Bronze, Jennifer Hermoso, Alex Morgan, Lieke Martens and Samantha Kerr.

In a remarkable moment for the Italians, Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci was crowned best defender of the year. Player of Ligue 1 club Paris Saint-Germain and the Italian national team, Gianluigi Donnarumma was voted best goalkeeper of the year, and Italy took home the award for best national team of the year , winning against Argentina, Brazil, Morocco and France.

Legendary stars who play important roles on and off the pitch were also honored during the evening. The former player, now manager of the Italian national team, Roberto Mancini, received the award for best coach of the year. Federico Pastorello, who has played a key role in important international transfers including the brilliant transfer of Romelu Lukaku from Inter Milan to Chelsea, has been named the best agent of the year. Former left winger / striker Aitor “Txiki” Begiristain, currently manager of England club Manchester City, took home the award for best sporting director of the year.

In the video game world, Saudi professional FIFA player Aldossary “Msdossary7” Mossad, who currently plays for Team Falcons, received the award for best Esports player of the year.

As in the past, this year’s Dubai Globe Soccer Awards paid tribute to an outstanding player and his distinguished career. Former Brazilian footballer Ronaldo de Assis Moreira, commonly known as Ronaldinho Gaúcho or simply Ronaldinho, received a Career Award.

A special award was given to ZED FC, which currently has four youth teams participating in the Egyptian Premier League, as it was named the best Youth Academy in Africa. In addition, a special innovation prize was awarded to the Italian Serie A League.

  • Maradona Award for Top Scorer of the Year: Robert Lewandowski
  • TikTok Fan Player of the Year: Robert Lewandowski
  • Best male player of the year: Kylian Mbappé
  • All-time top scorer: Cristiano Ronaldo
  • Best player of the year: Alexia Putellas
  • Best Men’s Club of the Year: Chelsea
  • Best women’s club of the year: Barcelona
  • Best Defender of the Year: Leonardo Bonucci
  • Best goalie of the year: Gianluigi Donnarumma
  • Best Coach of the Year: Roberto Mancini
  • Best national team of the year: Italy
  • Best Agent of the Year: Federico Pastorello
  • Best Sporting Director of the Year: Txiki Begiristain
  • Best Esports Player of the Year: Aldossary “Msdossary7” Mossad
  • Player Career Award: Ronaldinho
  • Best Youth Academy in Africa: ZED FC
  • Special innovation prize: Serie A League

Tommaso Bendoni, CEO of the Dubai Globe Soccer Awards, said: “Every year since our launch in 2010, Dubai has given us the opportunity to celebrate football and recognize the well-deserved stars who work passionately on behalf of the sport. We are honored to partner with the Dubai Sports Council to host another prestigious event during the year of Expo 2020 Dubai. “

He added: “We are grateful for the support of our sponsors which include; TikTok, Emirates, Zone.gaming, Coin of Champions,, Legends of Bezogia, Tecnotree, Audi Al Nabooda, Abu Dhabi Sports, Lavazza, Perrelet, Silversands North Coast, Helbiz, Sorare, Waldorf Astoria and Shirtum. And most importantly, we thank the soccer fans around the world who keep the sport alive and continue to inspire players and everyone in the industry to always be their best.

Further updates will be shared via Globe Soccer social media: @globesoccer on Instagram, @Globe_Soccer on Twitter, @globesoccer on Facebook, @globesoccer on TikTok and Globe Soccer Awards on YouTube.


About the Dubai Globe Soccer Awards

The Globe Soccer Awards are an event that has taken place annually in Dubai since 2010 to recognize not only the best players and coaches but also all the professionals who work behind the scenes in the world of international football. The great success of the event over the years has meant that new categories are regularly added to the list of prizes to be awarded, and today the event can boast of being able to truly recognize all the best in world football.

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