The18 d'Or: Our Awards For The Best Of Soccer In 2021
Wow, what a year — so much so that it's almost impossible to really know where 2020 ended and when 2022 begins! The best way to get beyond this simultaneous feeling of being stuck in the past and hurtling violently towards the future is to stop and take stock of things with an awards gala unlike any other. You're on the guest list.
#1. Men's Player of the Year
Lionel Lewandowski. Seriously, it was a dead heat.
#2. Women's Player of the Year
The only unanimous decision we had: Alexia Putellas
— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) December 5, 2021
#3. Goal of the Year
Zero consensus here, so just watch them all.
GOLAZOOO from Luis Diaz against Brazil pic.twitter.com/DrqkYHgB3x— beIN SPORTS USA (@beINSPORTSUSA) June 24, 2021
Massive congratulations to Algeria winger Riyad Mahrez who has been nominated for the 2021 Puskas Award for his goal against Zimbabwe. The assist from Said Benrahma is also exquisite. pic.twitter.com/qXqK3Kz0GW
— Dean Ammi (@AlgerianFooty) November 29, 2021
Daniele Verde. What a goal
— CBS Sports Golazo ⚽️ (@CBSSportsGolazo) April 3, 2021
Eric Lamela’s rabona for Spurs vs. Arsenal was nasty ⚽️ pic.twitter.com/ZXKbDJBFfi— B/R Football (@brfootball) March 15, 2021
#4. Best Moment of the Year
Honorable mentions: Canada and Christine Sinclair winning Olympic gold, and Lionel Messi winning Copa América.
#5. Flop of the Year
Robin Ramos of Batanecos FC (Guatemalan third-division) picks up an object and pretends that it struck him.
Honorable mention: Deyverson going down in the Copa Libertadores final.
Deyverson lo mejor de la copa Libertadores jajsjajsjsjsjsjd pic.twitter.com/OEAxI63fcx— bokita edits ⚓ (@cabjedits) November 27, 2021
#6. Own Goal of the Year
Haiti's Josue Duverger with one of the Gold Cup's greatest gifts.
#7. Coach of the Year
The USMNT's Gregg Berhalter
— U.S. Soccer MNT (@USMNT) December 2, 2021
#8. Game of the Year
2021 CONCACAF Nations League Final: USA 3 - 2 Mexico (AET)
Honorable mention: UEFA Euro 2020 Round of 16: France 3 - 3 Switzerland (4-5 penalties)
#9. Team of the Year
Honorable mentions: Barcelona Femení, Denmark and Chelsea
#10. CONCACAF Shithouser of the Year
Suriname Vice President Ronnie Brunswijk. The 60-year-old owns Inter Moengotapoe, named himself captain and in the starting XI against Olimpia in the CONCACAF League, played 54 minutes and then was filmed handing out cash in the Olimpia locker room after the match.
Honorable mention: Henry Kessler
This was elite time-wasting pic.twitter.com/Rgok8KY6gG— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) September 4, 2021
#11. Broadcaster of the Year
Again, no consensus, but it's a massive victory for CBS with Kate Abdo, Clint Dempsey, Christian "Bobo" Vieri and Peter Drury all earning plaudits. Stu Holden is FOX's lone representative.
Clint Dempsey found out from Kate Abdo that Oguchi Onyewu had a calculator in his binder.Deuce proceeded to roast Onyewu in true Deuce style. pic.twitter.com/g54wuMbWgI
— Joe Tansey (@JTansey90) June 7, 2021
#12. Most Disappointing Player
Take your pick from a litany of players who previously captured our imaginations but fell on hard times in 2021: Eden Hazard, Ousmane Dembélé, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Sergio Ramos and Daryl Dike (we just want him to become the No. 9 that we know he can be).
DARYL DIKE SCORES FOR ORLANDO CITY IN THE MLS PLAYOFFS AGAINST NASHVILLE!
— USMNT Only (@usmntonly) November 24, 2021
#13. Bonehead of the Year
The Chelsea pitch invader that got trucked by Sam Kerr.
AND ITS SAM KERR OUT OF NOWHEREEE pic.twitter.com/1b2925UzvE— bella (@bellacfc) December 9, 2021
#14. Fan(s) of the Year
University of Montana
American soccer culture is truly its own world pic.twitter.com/calQPRfkmQ— MLS Buzz (@MLS_Buzz) October 5, 2021
Edmontonians at Canada vs. Mexico
First fans have started to arrive, dressed appropriately to watch a World Cup qualifier. In soccer. pic.twitter.com/ATYru5SawF— Chris Jones (@EnswellJones) November 17, 2021
Groom and bride that abandoned their wedding party to watch Atlas win its first Liga MX title in 70 years.
The guy who parkourrd off the Paramount+ set during the Nations League.
Weird/scary moment here as security chases someone away from the CBS Sports set: pic.twitter.com/FQDjlO1vAi— Awful Announcing (@awfulannouncing) June 7, 2021
#15. The18's Social Media Content of the Year
The18 wins this one!
#16. Defensive Play of the Year
Soccer journalist Carlos Orduz escapes any major injuries after taking on a falling wall.
Honorable mentions: Manuel Neuer's beautifully timed tackle vs. Union Berlin, Thiago Silva clearing one off the line vs. Juventus and Lionel Messi crunching Lucas Paquetá to set the tone against Brazil in the Copa final.
— Què T'hi Jugues (@QueThiJugues) July 11, 2021
#17. Most Hated Team of the Year
England at Euro 2020
Honorable mentions: Manchester City, Real Madrid, Portugal
#18. Jersey of the Year
Atlético Mineiro away
Honorable mentions: Racing Louisville home and away, Venezia home and Ajax third