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