Two very special awards were also given out on the night to the two greatest international goalscorers the world has ever seen – Christine Sinclair and Cristiano Ronaldo.
Canada’s Sinclair was bestowed with The Best FIFA Special Award – with 188 goals and counting to her name – for being the international game’s top scorer of any gender. It capped a memorable 12 months for the 38-year-old from British Columbia, after she also captained Canada to their first major global crown – a gold medal at the Women’s Olympic Football Tournament in Tokyo.
Meanwhile, Cristiano Ronaldo added to his seemingly endless tally of records, gongs and achievements when – with a match-winning brace against the Republic of Ireland in September 2021 – he surpassed Ali Daei’s 109-goal tally to become the leading all-time scorer in men’s international football.
His achievements were even more remarkable given that he scored just 12 goals in his first 40 Portugal appearances. However since then, he has never looked back and runs such as his most recent – 49 goals in 47 games – saw him move ahead and beyond the legendary Daei. He too received The Best FIFA Special Award.