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Lewandowski beats Messi and Ronaldo to FIFA Best Player Award

Reuters , Thursday 17 Dec 2020
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File photo: Bayern Munich's Polish forward Robert Lewandowski raising the European Champion Clubs' Cup during the trophy ceremony after winning at the end of the UEFA Champions League final football match between Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich at the Luz stadium in Lisbon. AFP
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Bayern Munich forward Robert Lewandowski was named The Best FIFA Men's Player 2020 on Thursday, beating off competition from last year's winner Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Lewandowski, who won the German league and cup double as well as the 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.

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 Juergen 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 team mate 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.

The awards are voted on by selected members of the media, national team captains and coaches as well as fans.

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