“He made the season of his life” : Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, the boss of Bayern, expected the attribution of the Fifa “The Best” trophy on Thursday to his striker Robert Lewandowski, a work monster who has exceeded his own limits and taken on a new dimension in 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 Bayern – which he joined in 2014 – on the glass ceiling of the towers to direct elimination in the Champions League.
Everything changed in early 2020. In the round of 16, he atomized Chelsea all by himself with three goals and four assists in two matches (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 year with a personal total of 15 goals, two units behind “CR7” Ronaldo’s all-time record. 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 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 of the Ballon d’Or prize organized by the magazine France football this year because of Covid, the title of best player awarded by Fifa has crowned the British Lucy Bronze among women.
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 elected UEFA best player and she finished 3rd for the Fifa “The Best” trophies, as the English had finished 3rd in the Women’s World Cup that year.
But in 2020, Bronze forgot the meaning of the word defeat. For her third and final season with Lyon, she left nothing to the competition, winning the Championship, Coupe de France and Champions League.