Robert Lewandoski wins the Best FIFA Men’s Player Award. The ceremony was on 17 December, at the FIFA headquarters Zürich, Switzerland. It is an annual football award by the world’s football governing body, anointing one footballer as the world’s best player.
This year, it deservedly went to Polish international and Bayern Munich forward, Robert Lewandoski. It was an extraordinary year as the dreaded COVID-19 wreaked havoc to anything and everything football.
The resilience of the organisers ensured it held, though without the showiness we know of this event.
However, millions of viewers stayed glued to their tubes and other social media platforms to know who the greatest footballer of the world would be.
Robert Lewandoski invariably was favourite for the fifth Best FIFA Men’s Player award after helping the Bundesliga giants to a historic treble.
The performances of the 32-year-old forward was without equal in the 2019/20 season, scoring 55 goals in 47 appearances as Bayern swept the German Bundesliga, UEFA Champions League and DFB-Pokal.
Lewandoski was the top scorer in all three competitions.
He finished top scorer with 15 goals in the UEFA Champions League.
The Polish striker has continued his stunning form into the new season and recently scored his 250th goal in the Bundesliga. As it seems, Ronaldo and Messi took their feet off the gas as 2020 unfolded, surrendering the Best FIFA Men’s Player award to Robert Lewandoski, at the end of the season.
Some thought Luka Modric was glimpsing as he beat Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi to clinch it in 2018 after winning the UEFA Champions League, FIFA Club World Cup and 2018 World Cup Runner-up with Croatia.
Lewandoski again broke the Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi football duopoly of over a decade rivalry to win the coveted prize.
Lewandowski is a player with beautiful records but under-hyped in the game because the German Bundesliga does not attract the publicity some other European leagues attract. On 24 April 2013, Lewandowski became the first player to score four goals in a Champions League semi-final’ helping his former club, Borussia Dortmund defeat Spanish giants Real Madrid 4-1 in the first leg at Dortmund’s Westfalenstadion.
The same year he won The German Super Cup, Bundesliga and DFB-Pokal, a historic treble with Dortmund. On 22 September 2015, he set a record as he came on, as a substitute to set a Bundesliga record with Bayern that was trailing 0-1 to Wolfsburg and scored five goals in 8 minutes and 59 seconds; the most goals scored by a substitute.
He equalled Ronaldo’s record of scoring in nine consecutive away games in the Champions League on 25 February 2020. On 14 August 2020, he scored in Bayern’s 8-2 thrashing of Barcelona in the quarterfinals.
Lewandoski joins the leading rank of football greats that have seen it all in football.