“He made the season of his life” : Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, influential Bayern leader, expected the attribution of the Fifa “The Best” trophy on Thursday December 17th to his striker Robert Lewandowski. A work monster, the Pole has gone beyond his own limits and taken on a new dimension in 2020.
🚨Robert Lewandowski is #TheBest🥇
The Pole🇵🇱 crowned FIFA Player 2020👏
– FIFA.com (FR) ⚽ (@fifacom_fr) December 17, 2020
Without a rival in the Bundesliga (five times top scorer over the last seven seasons), often brilliant in the group stage of C1, he has long clashed with the Munich club, which he joined in 2014, on the glass ceiling of the towers knockout in the Champions League.
Everything changed at the start of 2020. In 8e final, he atomized Chelsea on his own with three goals and four assists in two games (3-0, 4-1). He then scored and scored during the demonstration against Barcelona in the quarter-finals (8-2), then against Lyon in the half (3-0), before giving way in the final to Kingsley Coman, author of the victorious goal against Paris SG (1-0).
The “most complete player” in world football
He finished the European exercise with a personal total of 15 goals, two units behind Ronaldo’s all-time record “CR7”. And in the historical classification of the competition, he has just caught up with the Spanish legend Raul in third position, with 71 goals. Still far behind Ronaldo (134 goals) and Messi (118 goals).
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“Robert is the most complete player in world football”, had launched the former German international Lothar Matthäus, Ballon d’or 1990, even before knowing the result of the vote. “He took a step up last season and he just got even better. He also became one of the leaders of the FC Bayern dressing room ”, had added the former glory of the Bavarian club.
Particularly observed in the absence this year, due to Covid, of the Ballon d’Or organized by the magazine France football, the title of best player awarded by Fifa (the International Federation) crowned in women the Briton Lucy Bronze.
A defender crowned best player
The player thus becomes the first Englishwoman, but also the first defender, to be elected winner. Become a figure of her sport by revolutionizing the position of full back until stacking trophies with Lyon and Manchester City, the player is known for exceptional athletic abilities, her technique and her tactical sense.
It is very rare that these kinds of accolades escape midfielders or attackers, but as former England women’s coach Phil Neville had said, “There are no two players like” Lucy Bronze.
In 2019, the England international became the first defender to be voted UEFA best player and she finished 3e for the Fifa “The Best” trophies, as the English had finished 3rd in the Women’s World Cup that year.