Chelsea correspondent Nizaar Kinsella reveals his men’s GOAL50 top 10

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With voting underway in this year’s GOAL50, fans around the world are having their say on which men’s and women’s players had the best 2021.

Our team of correspondents are also having their say, revealing their GOAL50 preferences this week.

Chelsea correspondent Nizaar Kinsella has compiled his list, which you can see below.

Voting is open on Goal from November 2 until November 16. 

  • Bruno Fernandes, Man Utd 2021-22Getty

    10Bruno Fernandes

    It is impossible to doubt the creativity and impact that Bruno Fernandes has had on Manchester United over the last 12 months.

    Not only has the Portugal international returned 18 goals and 15 assists in the last calendar year to date, but he has transformed his club as a leader on and off the pitch.

  • Kylian Mbappe PSG Angers Ligue 1 15102021Getty

    9Kylian Mbappe

    Kylian Mbappe ended last season as the top scorer in Ligue 1 for the third year running, while he also won the French top-flight's Player of the Year Award.

    However, even after failing to win the league, it was the Champions League where the 22-year-old really made a name for himself.

    A series of clutch performances in the knockout rounds ultimately ended in disappointment, as Manchester City knocked out PSG, but Mbappe still made a statement.

  • Joshua Kimmich Bayern Munich 2021-22Getty

    8Joshua Kimmich

    Joshua Kimmich is the heartbeat of Bayern Munich's midfield, but equally performs as one of the best right-backs in the world when moving out to play in defence.

    The versatile leader of the German champions has marked himself out as arguably the most consistent performer in the Bundesliga in recent history.

  • Karim Benzema Real Madrid Goal50 SLIDELISTGetty

    7Karim Benzema

    Ever since Cristiano Ronaldo left Real Madrid, Karim Benzema has stepped up to become the club's talisman.

    The France international's goals were crucial to Los Blancos' push to win the Champions League and La Liga.

    Although they fell short in both, it was through no fault of the 33-year-old, who has continued his good form this season with 11 goals and eight assists in his first 13 games.

  • Romelu Lukaku Chelsea 2021-22Getty

    6Romelu Lukaku

    Romelu Lukaku won Serie A's MVP award after scoring 24 league goals and laying on 11 assists last season, propelling Antonio Conte's Inter side to win the Scudetto for the first time since 2010.

    Afterwards, the Belgium international was his country's top performer at the European Championship, and then he made a £97.5 million ($136m) move to Chelsea.

  • Ruben Dias Manchester City 2020-21Getty Images

    5Ruben Dias

    Ruben Dias was both Manchester City's and the Premier League's Player of the Season last season.

    It was a year where the Portugal international ended the campaign with the league title, a Carabao Cup success and having also reached the Champions League final.

    It was an inspired signing by Pep Guardiola's side, who secured the defender in a £62 million ($84m) move from Benfica.

  • Kevin De Bruyne Man City 2021-22Getty Images

    4Kevin De Bruyne

    Kevin De Bruyne remains arguably Manchester City's most valuable asset, and he continues to be one of the most decorated players in Europe.

    As a symbol of Pep Guardiola's side, his combines his unique ability to pass a ball with physicality and tactical awareness that makes him unplayable on his day.

  • Mohamed Salah of LiverpoolOLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images

    3Mohamed Salah

    Mohamed Salah's hat-trick in Liverpool's historic 5-0 demolition Manchester United at Old Trafford was a reminder of his exceptional talent.

    His supreme start to the season in front of goal means that the Egyptian's strike rate is unrivalled at the highest level.

    Even amid a poor season by Jurgen Klopp's standards last year, the 29-year-old continues to be feared across English football.

  • Robert Lewandowski, Bayern Munich, Champions League 2020-21Getty

    2Robert Lewandowski

    Robert Lewandowski has proven over a long period of time that he is the world's best striker.

    Not only does the Poland international hold the European Golden Shoe, but he has also won seven Bundesliga titles in a row.

    What is most frightening about the 33-year-old's form is that he keeps getting better and better, beating Gerd Muller's historic domestic record for 40 goals in a single season in 2021.
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    Jorginho is simply football's greatest winner during the last calendar year.

    No other player can boast of having won three European trophies within the space of three summer months in 2021.

    After winning the Champions League with Chelsea, the Italy international won the European Championship and followed that up by winning the UEFA Super Cup back with the Blues.

    Although his style of play is not as exciting as others on the list, he is an ultimate team player who has excelled under Thomas Tuchel.