Michael Olunga's Hand In Lewandowski's FIFA Best Men's Player Triumph

Michael Olunga's Hand In Lewandowski's FIFA Best Men's Player Triumph

  • Robert Lewandowski was crowned the winner of the 2021 FIFA Best Men's Player
  • It has emerged Michael Olunga had a hand in Lewa's triumph as the Kenyan star voted him for the prize
  • Olunga is among several national team captains who had a chance to have a say on who wins the award
  • The Kenyan international selected the Bayern ace for his first pick, Ronaldo as his second and Messi third choice

Harambee Stars striker Michael Olunga snubbed Mohamed Salah and voted for Robert Lewandowski for the 2021 FIFA Best Men's Player award.

Bayern ace Lewandowski. Photo: Getty Images.
Lewandowski was nominated for the grand prize after scoring a remarkable 69 goals in the calendar year to help Bayern Munich cement their domestic dominance. Photo: Getty Images.
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Both Lewandowski and Salah were clear frontrunners for the award after a stunning 2021 with their respective clubs.

Lewandowski was crowned the winner of the prize for the second consecutive year on Monday evening, January 17, carting home the award just weeks after he missed out on the Ballon d'Or.

A voters' list of how country captains and head coaches voted in the awards has since been revealed, with Olunga selecting Lewandowski for his first pick.

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The Al-Duhail forward picked Cristiano Ronaldo in his second choice, Lionel Messi completing his top three choices.

Ex-Harambee Stars head coach Engin Firat made a nearly similar selection, as he had Lewandowski as his first choice.

Chelsea midfielder N'Golo Kante was the Turkish tactician's second choice, with PSG ace Kylian Mbappe making up his top three selections.

Lewandowski, meanwhile, was nominated for the grand prize after scoring a remarkable 69 goals in the calendar year to help Bayern Munich cement their domestic dominance.

Messi finished second in the power rankings, with Salah, despite his impressive run of form with Liverpool settling for a third slot on the podium.

Ronaldo and Real Madrid star Karim Benzema failed to make the final three-man shortlist.

Source: SportsBrief.com