Chelsea and Senegal stopper Edouard Mendy has been named the winner of FIFA’s The Best Goalkeeper award for 2021.
Mendy enjoyed a successful debut season at Stamford Bridge following his arrival from Rennes in 2020, cementing his place as one of the world’s best goalkeepers and playing a huge role in their Champions League triumph – keeping a record nine clean sheets on the Blues’ way to victory in Porto.
He ousted stiff competition from Gianluigi Donnarumma – who helped Italy win Euro 2020 in the summer before a high-profile move to PSG – and Bayern Munich’s Manuel Neuer to win the award.
Mendy arrived at Chelsea and immediately became their first-choice goalkeeper, usurping Kepa Arrizabalaga between the Stamford Bridge sticks.
He’s made 70 appearances and has played a key role in Chelsea’s progression to the top of Europe under Thomas Tuchel.