Robert Lewandowski received the largest particular person prize of his profession Thursday, displaying that a ahead not named Messi or Ronaldo will be voted the world’s best soccer player.
The Poland captain was named the FIFA Best Men’s Player for 2020 after his 55-objective season lifted Bayern Munich to a sweep of worldwide and home trophies.
Lewandowski topped a three-player shortlist that included Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. Voting was by a international jury of nationwide crew captains and coaches, plus chosen journalists and followers. Lewandowski obtained 52 voting factors, with Ronaldo second on 38 Messi third with 35.
Though FIFA hosted the digital ceremony in Zurich, its president Gianni Infantino went to Munich to current the trophy in particular person.
“It’s an incredible feeling” stated Lewandowski, who at age 32 made the shortlist for the primary time.
Lewandowski joined Luka Modric, the Croatia and Real Madrid midfielder who received in 2018, as the one gamers in the previous 13 years to deny each Messi and Ronaldo the victory.
“Today I am among them,” Lewandowski stated in feedback translated from German. “It means I’ve always done the right things in my life.”
Lucy Bronze was voted the best girls’s player to give England its first particular person victory on the FIFA awards. A Champions League winner with Lyon, she has since joined Manchester City.
Bronze acquired 52 factors from the ladies’s voting jury. Pernille Harder, who helped Wolfsburg to the Champions League last, completed second with 40 factors and Bronze’s former Lyon teammate Wendi Renard scored 35 factors.
Lewandowski can be the primary men’s winner from a membership outdoors Spain since Ronaldo received the 2008 award as a Manchester United player.
A Bayern player had not received since FIFA created a world player award in 1991.
The membership twice noticed its stars relegated to third place by Messi and Ronaldo: Franck Ribéry in Bayern’s Champions League profitable year of 2013, and Manuel Neuer one year later after Germany received the World Cup.
Jurgen Klopp, who coached Lewandowski at their former membership Borussia Dortmund, denied Bayern a sweep of the FIFA men’s awards by being voted the best coach for a second straight year.
Klopp guided Liverpool to turn out to be champion of England for the primary time in 30 years, and completed tied in votes with Hansi Flick, who took over at Bayern mid-season. Klopp received in the tiebreaker of most votes from nationwide-crew coaches. Marcelo Bielsa of English second-tier champion Leeds was third.
Sarina Wiegman, who led the Netherlands to the 2019 World Cup last, was voted the best coach in girls’s soccer forward of Lyon’s Jean-Luc Vasseur and Emma Hayes of Chelsea. Wiegma will take over the England crew subsequent year.
Son Heung-min’s end-to-end dribble to rating for Tottenham in opposition to Burnley received the Puskas Award for best objective.
Manchester United and England ahead Marcus Rashford was honored for his marketing campaign to combat baby poverty. FIFA made a donation of $100,000 towards his charitable work.
Best goalkeepers: Manuel Neuer (Germany, Bayern Munich); Sarah Bouhaddi (France, Lyon).
Fair Play Award: Mattia Agnese, a teenage player in Italy who saved the lifetime of an opponent who misplaced consciousness after a conflict of heads.
Fan Award: Marivaldo Francisco da Silva who walks for 11 hours to see his favourite crew play in Brazil.
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