“I will repeat what I said a while ago. Never stop dreaming. Thank you so much for this award, it’s an incredible honour.”
These are the words uttered by Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski after beating off competition from Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo to be named the Best Fifa Men’s Player 2020 on Thursday evening.
Lewandowski, who won the German league and cup double as well as the Uefa Champions League with Bayern, finished as top scorer in all three competitions and won the award for the first time.
The 32-year-old also led Poland to Euro 2020 qualification and was named the 2019/20 Uefa Men’s Player of the Year in October.
“It’s an incredible feeling,” said Lewandowski, who at age 32 made the shortlist for the first time.
Lewandowski joined Luka Modric, the Croatia and Real Madrid midfielder who won in 2018, as the only players in the past 13 years to deny both Messi and Ronaldo the victory.
“Today I am amongst them. It means I’ve always done the right things in my life,” concluded Lewandowski.
Meanwhile, Manchester City full-back Lucy Bronze won the Women’s Best Player award, becoming the first female English player to take the prize.
“I don’t have the words right now to explain how I’m feeling,” Bronze said.
“If there’s anything 2020 has taught us to appreciate every moment you’ve got, not look too far ahead and live in the here and now.
“I appreciate it more than ever. I’ll remember this moment forever, for the rest of my life.”
Elsewhere, in the Men’s categories, Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp was named The Best Men’s Coach for the second successive year after guiding Liverpool to a first Premier League title in 30 years. Lewandowski’s Bayern teammate Manuel Neuer was named The Best Fifa Men’s Goalkeeper.
Tottenham Hotspur’s Son Heung-min won the Puskas Award for goal of the year for his individual strike in a Premier League game against Burnley last December.
Netherlands’ Sarina Wiegman was named The Best Women’s Coach and Sarah Bouhaddi was awarded The Best Fifa Women’s Goalkeeper.
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By FARPost Reporter