Chelsea duo make FIFPro XI but 29-year-old surprisingly misses out

Chelsea star Edouard Mendy has been awarded The Best Men’s Goalkeeper for 2021 by FIFA as Blues’ midfield pair made FIFPro men’s XI.

Having previously placed second in France Football’s prestigious Yashin Trophy, Mendy has deservedly been named the best goalkeeper in 2021 by FIFA.

The 29-year-old, who is currently on international duty with Senegal, recorded 27 clean sheets from 51 games in a remarkable year, in which he also helped Chelsea to win UEFA Super Cup and Champions League.

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However, Mendy surprisingly did not make FIFPro men’s XI as only two Chelsea players; Jorginho and N’Golo Kante featured in the team.

The two categories have different sets of judges, though.

The Best Men’s goalkeeper award is voted by men’s national team current coaches and captains, as well as one specialist journalist from each territory represented by a national team and fans registered on FIFA’s official website.

On the other hand, FIFPro XI is voted by professional players around the world.

Emma Hayes and Thomas Tuchel also won The Best FIFA Women’s and Men’s Coach awards, respectively.

Tuchel, in particular, beat off competition from Italy’s Roberto Mancini and Manchester City’s Pep Guardiola who both had an impressive year as well.

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