BERLIN: Robert Lewandowski, who was given the title “The Body” overcame Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi for the FIFA Player of the Year award following Bayern Munich’s victory in the 2019-20 European Champions League.
“He deserves it more than anyone else. He has had the best season of his career,” said Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.
The Bayern striker exploded 55 seasons ago to lead the German club to treble.
Lewandowski has scored 18 goals in 17 games this season, scoring twice against Wolfsburg last Wednesday to surpass the Bundesliga’s 250 goals.
However, the Polish striker had to wait until he was 32 years old to win the award by proving his superiority in the knockout round of the Champions League last season.
Despite appearing for the Bundesliga top scorer five times in the last seven seasons, Lewandowski struggled to prove his sharpness in the Champions League crucial action.
Until last February, he failed to find a target in the last seven matches in the knockout stages.
However, that changed when he met Chelsea in the last 16 in February, where Lewandowski scored at Stamford Bridge and scored for Serge Gnarby’s two goals in a 3-0 win at home.
When the rematch took place six months later, Lewandowski was involved in four goals – scoring two goals and helping two more – for a 4-1 victory at the Allianz Arena.
His sharpness continued with a goal in an 8-2 win over Barcelona in the quarter-finals and 3-0 in the semi-final over Lyon.
He finished in the Champions League as the top scorer with 15 goals, less than two goals to overcome Cristiano Ronaldo’s seasonal record in the European elite tournament.
England defender Lucy Bronze, meanwhile, won the award for best female player, overcoming the challenges of Wendie Renard and Pernille Harder.
Lewandowski teammate at Bayern Manuel Neuer won the Best Goalkeeper award.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp was named Best Male Coach while Dutch women’s squad operator Sarina Wiegman won the title of Best Women’s Coach for the second time after the first time in 2017.
Puskas’ best goal award went to Tottenham player Son Heung-min through a goal against Burnley in December 2019.
The Best Award began in 2017 after joining the Ballon d’Or, which was canceled this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the FIFA Best Player, which began in 1991.