Bafana coach Hugo Broos

Bafana Bafana coach Hugo Broos has named his final 23-man squad to play friendly matches against Guinea and France later this month. Photo: Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

The Best FIFA Men’s Player award: Who did Broos and Williams vote for?

Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski was on Monday night walked away with The Best FIFA Men’s Player award.

Bafana coach Hugo Broos

Bafana Bafana coach Hugo Broos has named his final 23-man squad to play friendly matches against Guinea and France later this month. Photo: Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

Bayern Munich star striker Robert Lewandowski on Monday night walked away with The Best FIFA Men’s Player award.

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In so doing, Lewandowski beat both Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) and Lionel Messi (PSG) in what was his second accolade in as many years.

The award was voted for by captains and coaches of all the national teams as well as a selected panel of journalists from all the countries.

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And that included Bafana Bafana captain Rowen Williams and coach Hugo Broos – who had the honour to choose their best top three players for 2021.

WHO DID BROOS AND WILLIAMS VOTE FOR?

Both Broos and Williams picked Lewandowski as their preferred winner, and surprisingly, neither of them had Egypt star Salah in their top three.

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Broos had Messi as his second best with countryman and Manchester City star Kevin De Bruyne as his third choice.

Williams, on the other hand, had Real Madrid attacker Karim Benzema in second place with Chelsea’s N’Golo Kante coming in third.

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SALAH OVERLOOKED FOR FIFPRO WORLD XI

Salah would eventually finish third in The Best Men’s Player award category behind Messi (second) and winner Lewandowski.

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However, despite making the top three list in the world, the Liverpool superstar was overlooked in the FIFPRO World XI.

The same goes for Chelsea and Senegal international Edouard Mendy who was named the best goalkeeper in the world but missed out on the FIFPRO World XI.

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In fact, no African player made the FIFPRO World XI, and this has caused a stir on social media with fans questioning the integrity of the awards.