Lionel Messi got a boost in the race for the FIFA Best of the Year award and is now the favorite to win – despite his humble start at Paris Saint-Germain. Messi has been shortlisted to win the award, to be announced on January 17, 2022, along with Liverpool and Egypt striker Mohamed Salah and Bayern Munich player Robert Lewandowski. The former Barcelona striker, who won his seventh Ballon d’Or in November, was named to the shortlist despite failing to produce his best since his move to Paris Saint-Germain in August. Messi has scored only one goal in Ligue 1 this season, while he has netted five Champions League goals.
The statistics of Messi, Lewandowski and Salah this year
By comparison, Bayern striker Lewandowski has already scored 31 goals in 26 games this season, and Salah has scored 23 goals in 26 games for Liverpool. des Princes in mind, according to the Daily Mail.
FIFA’s decision shocks Salah and Lewandowski over the award for the best from FIFA
FIFA stated: “The committee will select the winner for its own achievements during the period from October 8, 2020 to August 7, 2021.” During that period, Messi scored 43 goals in 47 games for Barcelona – helping the club win the Copa del Rey in his final season at the Nou Camp before leaving for Paris. He also won his first international title with Argentina, and led his country to the Copa America title in July.
In contrast, Lewandowski scored 51 goals during that period, winning the German Bundesliga and the Club World Cup with Bayern Munich. Meanwhile, Salah managed 26 goals in that time but his impressive start to the season will not be taken into account for this year’s award.
Information about the FIFA Best Award
Messi has already won the FIFA Best award six times, while Lewandowski got it in 2021 ahead of Paris Saint-Germain striker and Manchester United player Cristiano Ronaldo. The award is voted on by a jury made up of national team coaches and captains, one journalist from each territory represented by a national team and fans registered on FIFA.com. FIFA will announce this year’s award winner at an online ceremony in Zurich on January 17, 2022.
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