Polish born Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski has emerged FIFA Best Player of The Year. Lewandowski beat previous winners Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo to clinch the award.
Robert Lewandowski was in top form as he led Bayern Munich to the German Bundesliga and cup double apart from helping the German side win the Champions League crown. Lewandowski was the top-scorer in the league and the cup for the 3rd successive year but his Champions League table-topping tally of 15 goals sealed it in his favour at The FIFA Best Awards.
Lewandowski also led Poland to Euro 2020 qualification and was named the 2019-20 UEFA Men’s Player of the Year in October.
“This really is something – Messi and Ronaldo have been playing at the highest level for years and now I’m rubbing shoulders with them. This means that all the hard work has paid off,” Lewandowski said after receiving the award during a virtual ceremony.
Lewandowski credited the honour to his Bayern Munich teammates, saying the German giants will use the recognition to define an era in football. Bayern were the most dominant side last season as they lived up to their billing of favourites at the Champions League.
“I wouldn’t have achieved this without the team – they’re the ones who create the situations for me. It’ll take a while to absorb what I’ve achieved and I think I’ll struggle to get to sleep tonight. But I’m really happy.
“We’re all proud because it’s an award that recognises the whole team. To win an award after so many years as a Bayern player is really something special. It was a long time coming for the club. I hope that we can end up shaping an era in football,” he said.