Liverpool FC’s Mo Salah in the year 2021 was indeed a sight to behold by everyone from around the world. It is hard to deny his ability to win every award possible between scoring countless goals and making true spectacles on the pitch in all competitions. However, with that being said, FIFA’s recent decision in a prestigious award has him in an unfamiliar place.
Robert Lewandowski is FIFA’s Best Men’s Player winner, not Liverpool’s Mo Salah.
For the second year in a row, Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski won FIFA Men’s Player of the year in 2021.
In the second place was Barcelona’s Lionel Messi, and in a distant third was the Reds’ Mo Salah. While he may not have been as deserving to win this award, the voting of other prominent players has been rather disrespectful to the Egyptian legend in recent times. Unfortunately, it does not stop at this award vote either.
The 2020-2021 best XI snubbing Salah is more disrespectful than the previous award.
When you think of the best players in the world, Mo Salah instantly comes to mind, but FIFPRO and FIFA say otherwise with the following best XI lineup:
Gianluigi Donnarumma (AC Milan/Paris Saint-Germain, Italy)
David Alaba (FC Bayern Munich/Real Madrid, Austria)
Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus FC, Italy)
Ruben Dias (Manchester City FC, Portugal)
Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City FC, Belgium)
Jorginho (Chelsea FC, Italy)
N’Golo Kante (Chelsea FC, France)
Erling Haaland (Borussia Dortmund, Norway)
Robert Lewandowski (FC Bayern Munich, Poland)
Lionel Messi (FC Barcelona/Paris Saint-Germain, Argentina)
Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus FC/Manchester United FC, Portugal)
While Cristiano Ronaldo has been a world-class player for the majority of his career, one could argue that Mo Salah has produced more in a steeper league for the time frame of voting. Many players in the English Premier League are disregarded in these award votes due to the overall competitiveness compared to other leagues. Salah and Kopites know the world-class talent that he is, even if prestigious award voters disagree.