Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy has been named as 2021 Best FIFA Men’s Goalkeeper after lifting the Champions League with the Blues.
Senegal international Mendy was signed by former manager Frank Lampard at the start of last season and his impact was immediate helping the Blues to Champions League victory under Thomas Tuchel.
Mendy beat off competition from Gianluigi Donnarumma of PSG and Italy as well as Germany & Bayern Munich keeper Manuel Neuer.
As per FIFA.com, the award is given to the most outstanding goalkeeper in men’s football.
‘The Best FIFA Men’s Goalkeeper Award is given to the most outstanding goalkeeper in men’s football as voted for by an international jury comprising the current coaches of all men’s national teams (one per team), current captains of all men’s national teams (one per team), one specialist journalist from each territory represented by a national team and fans registered on FIFA.com’
This year’s award recognises players for their performances from October 2020 to August 2021.
Previous winners include Thibaut Courtois, Alisson Becker and Manuel Neuer.