The Spain and Barcelona midfielder has been instrumental to her teams’ success at both club and international level, helping Barça set numerous records on its way to winning the Spanish league, Champions League and Copa de la Reina in 2021.
On the international stage, Spain won every game in 2021 and, remarkably, didn’t concede a single goal.
Lewandowski was thought to be the frontrunner for the Ballon d’Or award, but surprisingly lost out to Paris Saint-Germain’s Messi back in November.
Chelsea Women won the league and cup double and reached the Champions League final under Hayes, while Tuchel guided the men’s team to Champions League glory last season.
Cristiano Ronaldo was honored with a special award for becoming the all-time leading goalscorer in men’s international football.
The Manchester United forward reached 115 goals for Portugal, surpassing the previous record of 109 set by Iran legend Ali Daei.
“It’s a dream [to set the record],” Ronaldo said at the ceremony. “First of all, I have to say thank you to my teammates, especially the national team during the last 20 years.
“I never thought I would beat that record, to score 115 [goals]. I’m so proud, it’s a special award from FIFA, an organization I respect a lot.”
Former Tottenham midfielder Erik Lamela won the Puskas Award for the Goal of the Year for his stunning rabona strike against Arsenal in the North London Derby.