Wednesday 12 January 2022, 23:00

The Best: 4 days to go

There are just four days left until the winners of The Best FIFA Football Awards™ are revealed!


Only four of the 94 top-three finishers have been defensive players. Paolo Maldini and Roberto Carlos came second in 1995 and 1997 respectively, Cannavaro won it in 2006 after helping Italy win the FIFA World Cup™, and Virgil van Dijk was runner-up to Messi in 2019.

All the winners of The Best FIFA Football Awards™ 2021, including the recipients of the FIFA Fan Award and the FIFA Fair Play Award,will be crowned on 17 January during a TV show broadcast live from the Home of FIFA in Zurich.

You can view the final nominees in all categories by following the links below:

To keep up with the latest news about The Best FIFA Football Awards, visit and check out FIFA’s accounts on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.

You can join the discussion about who should win the awards by using the hashtag #TheBest.