The Best FIFA Football Awards 2020: Robert Lewandowski edges past Ronaldo and Messi to clinch crown
First Published Dec 18, 2020, 11:41 AM IST
Robert Lewandowski is a Polish striker, who plays for Bayern Munich, in the Bundesliga. It was the fifth edition of The Best FIFA Football Awards, having begun since 2016. Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo is the record holder, having won twin titles to date.
In what could be considered as a significant breakthrough in football, Polish sensation, Robert Lewandowski has edged past modern-day GOATs, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, to clinch the title for The Best FIFA Football Awards of 2020. The awards also saw other top players claiming the title in respective categories, as we take a look.
The Best FIFA Men's Player: As mentioned above, the category was won by Lewandowski (52 points). The Polish sensation had a great year playing for Bayern Munch, having won the UEFA Champions League (UCL) as well. He became the second player to win a European treble and was the highest goal-scorer in all competitions. Meanwhile, Ronaldo (38) and Messi (35) followed him in the second and third spot, respectively.
The Best FIFA Men's Goalkeeper: As for the goalkeeper department, it was competitive as well, with Liverpool's Alisson (20) being in contention. However, Bayern's Manuel Neuer edged him out by eight points, as he clinched his first title.
The Best FIFA Men's Coach: In the coaching department, there was a tie between Liverpool's Jurgen Klopp (24) and Bayern's Hans-Dieter Flick. However, judging on the points won based on more votes from national coaches, Klopp edged past, as he played a pivotal role in helping his side win the first Premier League title in 30 years.
The Best FIFA Women's Player: Moving on to the women's department, the crown for the best players was claimed by England's Lucy Bronze (52), having played for Lyon and Manchester City. She leap-frogged Denmark's Pernille Harder by 12 points.
The Best FIFA Women's Goalkeeper: As for the women's goalkeeper, it was Lyon's Frenchwoman, Sarah Bouhaddi (24), who barely made it past Chilean and Paris Saint-Germain's Christiane Endler by just a couple of points.
The Best FIFA Women's Coach: Among the women's coach, Sarina Wiegman (26) claimed the title, who has managed the Netherlands to glory, while she remains the only national coach to win the title this term. She beat Lyon's Jean-Luc Vasseur by six points.
FIFA Puskás Award: Son Heung-min (Tottenham Hotspur)
FIFA Fan Award: Marivaldo Francisco da Silva
FIFA Fair Play Award: Mattia Agnese (Ospedaletti Calcio)
FIFA FIFPro Men's World11: GK- Alisson; DEF- Trent Alexander-Arnold, Alphonso Davies, Virgil van Dijk, Sergio Ramos; MID- Kevin De Bruyne, Joshua Kimmich, Thiago; FWD- Robert Lewandowski, Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo.
FIFA FIFPro Women's World11: GK- Christiane Endler; DEF- Millie Bright, Lucy Bronze, Wendie Renard; MID- Barbara Bonansea, Verónica Boquete, Delphine Cascarino; FWD- Pernille Harder, Tobin Heath, Vivianne Miedema, Megan Rapinoe.