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Lewandowski beats Ronaldo, Messi to win 2020 Best FIFA Player Award

Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski won the best men’s player at the Best FIFA Football Awards in Zurich, beating last year’s winner Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo to the top prize.

The Poland striker scored 55 goals in just 47 games last season as he helped German giants Bayern to a treble.

Lewandowski, 32, finished as the top scorer in the league, cup and Champions League.

Manchester City defender Lucy Bronze won the best women’s player award.

The winners were decided by nominations from national team captains and head coaches, an online ballot of fans and 200 media representatives.

This is the first time Lewandowski has won the award, with Barcelona forward Messi or Juventus’ Ronaldo usually triumphing.

This season, Lewandowski has picked up from where left off with 16 goals in 14 games for Bayern.

“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 and award. This really means, regardless of where you come form, all that matters is what you put into it.

Ronaldo, voted for Lewandowski, Messi and Kylian Mbappe in his final three, but was surprisingly not among Messi’s final choices.

He also voted Robert Lewandowski, eventual winner of the award, as his third choice.

Messi on his part picked Neymar to win the accolade and put Mbappe in at second before giving a nod to Lewandowski.

The Argentine’s decision to include two PSG stars is likely to raise a few eyebrows though, given the fact he has been heavily linked with a move to Parc des Princes next year.


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