The vote for World Footballer of the Year 2020: The decision was made in the evening. Bayern star Robert Lewandowski prevailed. Manuel Neuer and Jürgen Klopp were also honored.
Robert Lewandowski had thrown himself into the finest thread for his big evening – and the star striker from Bayern Munich in a purple tuxedo with bow tie was not disappointed. At the age of 32, the Pole has achieved his dream goal: world footballer!
“Uff! That is an incredible feeling, I am very proud and satisfied. This is a great day for me and my club, the teammates. This award also belongs to them and the staff,” said Lewandowski, who was at the virtual gala ” The Best “from the world association FIFA prevailed in Zurich against the superstars Lionel Messi from FC Barcelona and Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus Turin). He received the winner’s chalice with the silver ball as a “crown” from the hands of FIFA President Gianni Infantino, who traveled to Munich.
After being honored as Germany and Europe Footballer of the Year, “Lewa” made his personal title hat-trick perfect. He is the first professional from the Bundesliga to be honored as a world footballer. The only German winner was Lothar Matthäus (Inter Milan) in the 1991 election premiere.
Klopp: “I’m not the best, but I won the award”
And it was not the only tribute to the triple Bayern: Captain Manuel Neuer beat Jan Oblak from Atletico Madrid and Klopp’s Alisson Becker and became the first German goalkeeper. The next Munich triple was prevented by Liverpool master coach Jürgen Klopp, who outpaced Hansi Flick when choosing a coach. “I’m not the best, but I won the prize,” said last year’s winner Klopp after the successful “title defense”. After all, with Joshua Kimmich, Alphonso Davies, Thiago and Lewandowski, four triple Munichs made it into the world eleven.
As a world footballer, the Englishwoman Lucy Bronze was awarded in the lobby of the FIFA headquarters, where the golden World Cup trophy usually shines, and the best coach is Sarina Wiegman (Netherlands), as in 2017. The most beautiful goal (“Puskas Prize”) was achieved by the former Leverkusen-based Heung-Min Son from Tottenham Hotspur.
The world footballer election, which also commemorated the deceased idols Diego Maradona and Paolo Rossi, had its pitfalls: In addition to the captains and head coaches of national teams from all over the world and over 200 media representatives, the fans were also entitled to vote in an online voting. But Lewandowski was convinced: “We were the best, there is no doubt about that.”
Flick: “There is no one who deserves it”
And, as for him personally: “When you’ve scored a lot of goals and won everything, there is probably nobody I can compare myself to.” After all, last season he was crowned shooting champion with 55 goals in 47 competitive games in the Bundesliga, DFB Cup and Champions League.
Bayern had eagerly promoted their “Lewy”. “There’s no one who deserves it like Robert,” said Flick. Lewandowski is “unique” for Neuer. The Pole was “the best of all”, emphasized CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge: “That was the season of his life, it is really impossible to do better.” And Matthäus said: “He’s the most complete player on this planet. Nobody can match that.”
The choice of the world footballer for reading in the t-online ticker.
And the winner is…
…Robert Lewandowski! The Bayern goalscorer has won the award for the first time. The Pole: “I’m very proud and very satisfied. To win the award in an era with Ronaldo and Messi means a lot to me.”
Lewandowski, Messi oder Ronaldo?
Now it comes to the eagerly awaited decision about the world footballer of the year 2020.
The best player is Lucy Bronze
Now the field players will be honored. In the women’s category, the Englishwoman Lucy Bronze prevailed against the ex-Wolfsburg Pernille Harder and the French Wendie Renard.
Memory of Maradona and Rossi
A video commemorates the Argentine who died at the end of November. He was one of the best players in football history. His former teammates Ciro Ferrara and Sergio Goycochea are included.
Italian world champion from 1982, Paolo Rossi, is also commemorated. The former striker, who also scored in the 82 final against Germany, died in early December at the age of 64.
World selection appointed
Before the best player is announced, the teams with the eleven best professionals of the year for women and men have been selected. With the men including: Thiago, Kimmich, Davies and Lewandowski.
Most goals in history
Christine Sinclair is honored for having scored the most goals by a national team player in international matches. The Canadian scored 186 times in 296 games!
The award for a special fan goes to the Brazilian Marivaldo Francisca da Silva, who walks 60 kilometers to every game of his club Sport Club do Recife.
Mattia Agnese is awarded the Fair Play Prize. The 17-year-old Italian was providing first aid on the field when an opponent collapsed.
Klopp makes the race
Liverpool’s master coach is the world coach of the year. Jürgen Klopp won the first title in 30 years with the Reds. This means that Bayern can no longer achieve another triple from Neuer, Lewandowski and Flick. Klopp in his typical way: “I’m not the best coach, but I got the award.”
Now to the gentlemen
In men’s football you can choose from Hansi Flick, Jürgen Klopp and Leeds coach Marcelo Bielsa.
In the women’s category, the Dutch national coach Sarina Wiegman wins.
Wenger presents the best trainer
The legendary coach of Arsenal FC, Arsene Wenger, is now on stage and is about to award the coach of the year.
Goal of the year
Next up will be the FIFA Puskas Prize for the most beautiful goal of the year. The winner is Tottenham’s Heung-min Son for his solo against West Ham.
Neuer is the best goalkeeper
The Bayern goalkeeper and triple winner is awarded as a world goalkeeper! Before Alisson Becker and Jan Oblak. This means that the first title goes to a Bayern player. With Lewandowski and trainer Hansi Flick there are more to be drawn. Neuer: “It’s one of the best years of my career”.
World goalkeeper elected
Sarah Bouhaddi prevailed among the women. The French from Olympique Lyon left the Chilean Christiane Endler and the American Alyssa Naeher behind.
Zuberbühler is the first laudator
Former Swiss national goalkeeper Pascal Zuberbühler will announce the best goalkeeper.
Infantino speaks on video
FIFA boss Gianni Infantino is not there himself. In a video he directs words to the audience and the players and coaches who are connected. It commemorates the late World Cup heroes Diego Maradona and Paolo Rossi.
It’s starting soon
Journalist Reshmin Chowdhury and ex-professional Ruud Gullit guide through the virtual TV show.
This time the award is virtual
Because of the corona pandemic, the nominees will not travel to the usual gala in Zurich. The event will be held virtually.
New with the goalkeepers
Bayern goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, like Lewandowski, has very good cards for the award in his category. His rivals are Alisson Becker from Liverpool FC and Atletico Madrid keeper Jan Oblak.
Two German trainers in the raffle
Jürgen Klopp and Hansi Flick are two German candidates on the list for the world coach. One of them won the championship in England again after 30 years with Liverpool FC, the other won the triple with FC Bayern. Third in the league is Marcelo Bielsa, who led Lees United back to the Premier League after 16 years.
Premiere for Lewandowski
Bayern’s top scorer is among the top 3 candidates for the first time. The last time a Bundesliga player was in this circle was in 2014. At that time, world champion Manuel Neuer was third behind Ronaldo and Messi.
So far a German winner
Lothar Matthäus is so far the only German professional who has been voted world footballer. The German record international player was also the first winner of the newly created award in 1991.
All-time winners Messi and Ronaldo
The two superstars are again in the final raffle for the title. In recent years they have shared the award with the exception of 2018, when Luka Modric won. Since 2008, Messi has won six times and CR7 five times.