and somehow sammer is, bleedin' disgrace that is.
Not the last two years though. Lewandowski has been better than anyone, even with Messi winning the Copa, for the last two seasons. Creating a new category: Best Striker, really smacks of an organisation scrambling to make up for glaring mistakes.
For once, I don't think FIFA corruption can be blamed. Both the vote and the ceremony take place at the wrong time. This might explain how Jorginho got 3rd and why Salah was actually lucky to get 6th in 2021 despite being the best in the world at the time of the ceremony. However, Salah must be the favourite to win in 2022, even if his current terrific form deserts him later on.
First place has gone to the correct player almost every year. Maybe, maaaaybe, Beckham should have won in 1999, and I remember people complaining that Figo won when Romario had scored more goals than the rest of the world combined, but was Romario even eligible? Then Modric: great player, but did he have the personal stats to win?