The Ballon d’Or, the French football annual awards generally considered to be the most prestigious award for a football player, much to everyone’s disappointment had been cancelled for this year. However, the annual Best FIFA Football Awards still had their ceremony virtually in Zurich, the home of FIFA.
Bayern Munich’s Polish striker Robert Lewandowski went on to beat Juventus’ Christiano Ronaldo and Barcelona’s Lionel Messi to win the FIFA’s top award, the Best FIFA Men’s Player. This is Lewandowski’s first Best FIFA football award, making it a historic win for the player. Bayern has shown rampant form this past year, winning the Champions League, the Bundesliga and the German Cup. The Poland captain is in top form as he contributed to his team’s treble win in three different leagues, scoring a staggering 55 goals in just 47 matches last season. After being announced as the winner, Lewandowski said, “If you win such an award and share that title with Messi and Ronaldo, that is unbelievable and it means so much to me.”
Alongside the male striker, Lucy Bronze, English defender football player Lucy Bronze beat her contemporaries Wendie Renard and Pernille Harder to take home the women’s award in the same category.
Among other winners, Lewandowski’s Bayern teammate Manuel Neuer bagged the title of the Men’s Goalkeeper of the year. He won the award ahead of Alisson Becker (Liverpool) and Jan Oblak (Atletico Madrid). The current boss of the Netherland’s women’s national team was named the Best FIFA Women’s coach for the second time in her career; while Liverpool FC’s coach Jürgen Klopp the Best FIFA Men’s Coach award, for the second consecutive year after leading his club to win the English Premier League title for the first time after a 30 year hiatus.