Robert Lewandowski picked up the Best FIFA Men’s Player award at the annual ceremony on Thursday evening, capping off a sensational year for the frontman.
The Poland international has enjoyed a stellar year with Bayern Munich in which he has been crowned both a Bundesliga and Champions League winner.
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The 32-year-old finished the 2019/20 season with a sensational 55 goals to his name in just 47 games, finishing top scorer in the Bundesliga with 34 and top scorer in the Champions League with 15.
His form has shown no signs of dipping in the early parts of this campaign either and he already has 15 goals to his name in just 11 Bundesliga games.
Lewandowski fought off competition from Barcelona’s Lionel Messi and Juventus’ Cristiano Ronaldo to earn the top prize, and in doing so became the first player not plying his trade in La Liga to win the award.
Since its launch in relaunch in January 2017, Ronaldo has twice been named the Best FIFA Men’s Player, having won both the 2016 and 2017 edition while at Real Madrid, before his former teammate Luka Modric picked up the gong in 2018.
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Barcelona talisman Messi was handed the 2019 award after receiving 46% of the total votes – the biggest proportion of votes received since the award was started – though both Messi and Ronaldo missed out the Lewandowski at the 2020 ceremony.
Elsewhere at the awards, Lucy Bronze was named the Best FIFA Women’s Player, while Lewandowski was joined in the Men’s World XI by his Bayern Munich teammates Joshua Kimmich and Alphonso Davies. Former Die Roten midfielder Thiago was also named in the side.
The awards didn’t stop there for Bayern, with Manuel Neuer also going on to receive individual recognition by being named the Best FIFA Men’s Goalkeeper, capping a successful night for the German and European champions.