Robert Lewandowski was named best player in the world by FIFA on Thursday. His teammate Manuel Neuer won the best goalkeeper award.
|Robert Lewandowski.||Photo: GEPA Pictures/Kerstin Doelitzsch|
Bayern München star Robert Lewandowski has been crowned best men's player in the world by FIFA for the first time in his career after seeing off competition from Cristiano Ronaldo and last year's winner, Lionel Messi, in the final selection.
"I'm very proud and very satisfied. It's a big day for me and my club. I have to say thank you. This prize also belongs to my teammates and the coaches, at Bayern and in the national team," said the striker in a statement released by Bayern München.
"When you win an award like this, in an era with Messi and Ronaldo, it means a lot and it's a wonderful feeling. It shows no matter where you come from, no matter what your name is, what you do is important. We won everything we could," he added.
Thursday's virtual FIFA Football Awards also saw FC Bayern and Germany goalkeeper and captain Manuel Neuer win the best goalkeeper award.
"It was definitely one of the best years of my career, it was amazing what we did. Especially in the summer in Lisbon it was terrific," said the German national goalkeeper. "It's a tough time for us all without the fans in the stadium. We have a great mentality in our team, we play for the fans and give our best in every game," said Neuer.
Additionally, Bayern have three players in the FIFA FIFPro World XI 2020, with Alphonso Davies, Joshua Kimmich and Lewandowski all chosen for the team by the international union of professional footballers.