Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski has achieved a great feat after he won the best men’s player at the Best Fifa Football Awards in Zurich, beating last year’s winner Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo to the top prize.
The 32-year-old Poland striker scored 55 goals in just 47 games last season and helped German giants Bayern Munich to rise up to the occasion and take the Treble. Lewandowski finished as the top scorer in the league, cup and Champions League respectively.
Meanwhile, Manchester City defender Lucy Bronze won the best women’s player award. The winners were decided by nominations from national team captains and head coaches, an online ballot of fans and 200 media representatives.
This is the first time Lewandowski has won the award, which is often dominated by the likes of Barcelona forward Messi or Juventus’ Ronaldo.
Lewandowski surely deserves the award as he has played well this season and contributed a lot to his Bayern team. He has continued his dominance in most areas of the sport scoring 16 goals in 14 games for Bayern this season.
“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.”
Apart from Lewandowski picking up the award, Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp was also named the best men’s coach for the second successive year. He was recognised for leading the team to their first Premier League title after a long time of wait.
The German won the award in 2019 after lifting the Champions League with Liverpool and beat Bayern Munich Hansi Flick and Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa to the top honour this year.
“I am [shocked],” said Klopp.
“I have so many people to thank and most of all my coaches. If I had known we’d won it my coaches would be here with me. What we did in the last year is all about these boys.
“We didn’t dream 30 years but we dream already for a few years. It was absolutely exceptional and we all had a special year in an unfortunately not so positive way but for Liverpool fans at least we could make some highlights in a tricky period. I had no idea how it would feel and it felt absolutely overwhelming.”
Robert Lewandowski celebrated his achievement and he is glad to receive the FIFA Award for Best Player
The awards event also had other players recognised for various achievements such as Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford who was recognised at the ceremony with a Fifa Foundation award for his work trying to end child poverty in the UK.
Rashford said: “I’d like to say thank you because I know people from other countries want to get involved and learn about it. It will have a knock on effect and things will start to happen in other countries too.
“It is brilliant, it is why I started it because I wanted to make change and give people a better chance at life.”
During the awards, Cristiano Ronaldo looked less than impressed after Lewandowski was picked as the best player this year. Fans were quick to point out how disgruntled Ronaldo looked as the Polish player was revealed as the winner by FIFA president Gianni Infantino.
Author: Allan Bangirana
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