Earlier this week, FIFA, soccer world’s governing body, recognized some of the best footballers in the world as they held a virtual awarding ceremony for the The Best FIFA Football Awards 2020. Poland and Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski clinch the Best Men’s Player of the Year honor for the first time in his career, leaving soccer superstars Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo behind.
The 32-year-old Lewandowski, who helped Bayern Munich win the 2020 Champions League crown in August, had an impressive 2019-20 virus-hit season. He scored 15 goals and added six assists in Bayern’s march to the UCL title, while he netted a total of 55 goals across all competitions in the 2019-20 season. Currently, the Poland player already has 18 goals in 17 games in all competitions this season.
Despite having been the Bundesliga’s top-scorer for five of the last seven seasons, this is the first time Lewandowski has won the award, with Barcelona forward Messi or Juventus’ Ronaldo usually topping the list. The winners were decided by nominations from national team captains and head coaches, an online ballot of fans and 200 media representatives.
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“If you win such an award and share that title with Messi and Ronaldo, that is unbelievable and it means so much to me,” Lewandowski said. “A long time ago, I remember I was longing for something like this and now I can win such and award. This really means, regardless of where you come from, all that matters is what you put into it.” Meanwhile, Lucy Bronze won the Best Player of the Year award.
Current Netherlands women’s national-team boss Sarina Wiegman was named The Best FIFA Women’s Coach for the second time in her career following her 2017 success, while, Jürgen Klopp claimed The Best FIFA Men’s Coach Award also for the second consecutive year after trailing Liverpool to the English Premier League title for the first time in 30 years. Full list of winners are as follows:
The Best FIFA Women’s Player: Lucy Bronze (England/Olympique Lyonnais/Manchester City), The Best FIFA Men’s Player: Robert Lewandowski (Poland/Bayern Munich), The Best FIFA Women’s Coach: Sarina Wiegman (Netherlands), The Best FIFA Men’s Coach: Jurgen Klopp (Liverpool).
The Best FIFA Women’s Goalkeeper: Sarah Bouhaddi (France/Olympique Lyonnais), The Best FIFA Men’s Goalkeeper: Manuel Neuer (Germany/Bayern Munich), FIFA FIFPRO Women’s World11: Christiane Endler; Lucy Bronze; Wendie Renard; Millie Bright; Delphine Cascarino; Barbara Bonansea; Veronica Boquete; Megan Rapinoe; Pernille Harder; Vivianne Miedema; Tobin Heath
FIFA FIFPRO Men’s World11: Alisson Becker; Trent Alexander-Arnold; Sergio Ramos; Virgil van Dijk; Alphonso Davies; Kevin de Bruyne; Thiago Alcantara; Joshua Kimmich; Lionel Messi; Robert Lewandowski; Cristiano Ronaldo, FIFA Fair Play Award: Mattia Agnese (Italy), FIFA Puskas Award: Son Heung-min (South Korea/Tottenham), FIFA Fan Award: Marivaldo Francisco da Silva (Brazil).