FIFA Best 2020 awards: Lewandowski wins for men’s; Klopp, Neuer, Son among other recipients

Robert Lewandowski-Jurgen Klopp

Lewandowski awarded FIFA men’s best player while Rashford earned special recognition

Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski has won the best men’s player award, beating the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and last year’s winner Lionel Messi in the process.

The Polish striker concluded the 19/20 season with 55 goals in all competitions while also helping the Bavarians achieve the continental treble.

Upon receiving the award, Lewandowski said, “If you win such an award and share that title with Messi and Ronaldo, that is unbelievable and it means so much to me,” Lewandowski said.

“A long time ago, I remember I was longing for something like this and now I can win such an award. This really means, regardless of where you come from, all that matters is what you put into it.”

Lewandowski’s teammate Manuel Neuer has been named as the best goalkeeper for his brilliant season between the sticks for the Bavarians.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has won the best manager award for the second consecutive year and the German couldn’t contain the amazement upon receiving it.

Klopp said, “I am [shocked]

“I have so many people to thank and most of all my coaches. If I had known we’d won it my coaches would be here with me. What we did in the last year is all about these boys.

“We didn’t dream 30 years but we dream already for a few years. It was absolutely exceptional and we all had a special year in an unfortunately not so positive way but for Liverpool fans at least we could make some highlights in a tricky period. I had no idea how it would feel and it felt absolutely overwhelming.”

Klopp led the Reds to the Premier League crown last season, thus ending the club’s wait for 25 years.

Tottenham forward Son Heung-min has won the Puskas award for his incredible solo goal against Burnley last year.

Marcus Rashford has earned special recognition – FIFA foundation award – for his Samaritan efforts to end child poverty in the UK.

The Manchester United forward said,

“I’d like to say thank you because I know people from other countries want to get involved and learn about it. It will have a knock-on effect and things will start to happen in other countries too.

“It is brilliant, it is why I started it because I wanted to make change and give people a better chance at life.”