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Robert Lewandowski was delighted to be recognized as FIFA’s Best Male Player in 2020 after “craving” individual recognition.
The Bayern Munich forward beat Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo to FIFA’s top prize after shooting the German champions to an impressive treble.
He scored 55 goals last season and 60 in the period considered for this honor, 20 more than Ronaldo and 28 more than Messi.
Ronaldo had won the award twice before, while Messi was last year’s best player, but this was a huge win for Lewandowski.
“I feel fantastic,” said Lewandowski, who was surprised with the trophy in person by FIFA President Gianni Infantino on Thursday.
“I am very proud and happy. To be honest, this is a great day for me, and also for my club and teammates.
“This award is also for my teammates, the coach and Bayern Munich in general. It is an incredible feeling, many emotions.
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“If you win such an award and you share that title with Messi and Ronaldo, it’s incredible and it means a lot to me.
“A long time ago, I remember yearning for something like this and now I can win that award.
“This really means that no matter where you come from, all that matters is what you put in.”
Lewandowski helped Bayern reach the Bundesliga, DFB-Pokal and Champions League titles, with qualifying for the European crown as their best moment of 2020.
“For the whole world, this year was difficult,” he said.
“The highlight was winning the Champions League final, such a special day and night, it was an incredible feeling. That was a great moment.
“Then we won the cup and got all the titles that we could win. We have a great coach, a great team and we all work towards one goal ”.