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Jamal’s top pick Kante, Smalley’s Lewandowski

  • Sports Correspondent
  • 19 January, 2022 12:00 AM
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The FIFA announced the winners of their annual awards during ‘The Best’ of 2021 ceremony in Zurich, Switzerland on Monday.

Captains and coaches of the national teams, media representatives and fans from all over the world voted to select the awardees for the top prize of world football.

From Bangladesh, national football team skipper Jamal Bhuyan picked N’Golo Kante, Karim Benzema and Robert Lewandowski as his three picks for the last year’s top men’s player award. Paul Smalley, who works as a national technical director at the Bangladesh Football Federation, cast his vote as Bangladesh coach to Lewandowski, Kevin De Bruyne and Mohamed Salah on his ballot.

Smalley was given permission to vote as Bangladesh coach by the FIFA as they were without any head coach in December last year when the voting procedure was conducted, said a BFF official on Tuesday.

Bangladesh media representative, Raihan Mahmood voted Lewandowski as his top pick while he picked Jorginho and Lionel Messi for his next votes.

Lewandowski finally won the top award by receiving the highest 48 scoring points and he was followed by Messi and Salah, who bagged 44 and 39 scoring points respectively.

In the women’s section, Bangladesh captain Sabina Khatun voted Sam Kerr, Jenni Hermoso and Ellen White as her three picks while head coach Golam Robbani Choton picked Ellen White, Christine Sinclair and Sam Kerr.

Bangladesh media representative Mujibur Rahman voted for Jenni Hermoso, Caroline Graham Hansen and Christine Sinclair.

However, Barcelona captain Alexia Putellas won the award for best women’s player after earning the highest 52 scoring points.