Robert Lewandowski beat Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi to be named Fifa Best Men’s Player for 2020 as England’s Lucy Bronze took the women’s award.
Lewandowski was recognised for his terrific season as part of Bayern Munich’s treble-winning side, while Bronze – who re-joined Man City in the summer – beat off competition from Chelsea’s Pernille Harder and former Lyon teammate Wendie Renard after helping the French club win a fifth straight Champions League title.
Earlier in the night, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp had been named Fifa Best Men’s Coach, while Sarina Wiegman, who will take over as England boss next September, took the women’s prize for her work with the Dutch national team.
Liverpool were also well-represented in the Fifpro World XI, with Premier League winners Alisson Becker, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Virgil van Dijk all named in the side, alongside Thiago Alcantara, who moved to Anfield after winning the Champions League with Bayern Munich, and Man City star Kevin de Bruyne.
England duo Bronze and Millie Bright were both named in the women’s XI, along with Harder, Arsenal star Vivianne Miedema, Manchester United’s Tobin Heath and her US teammate Megan Rapinoe.
Fifpro Men’s World XI: Alisson Becker, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Virgil van Dijk, Sergio Ramos, Alphonso Davies, Joshua Kimmich, Kevin de Bruyne, Thiago Alcantara, Lionel Messi, Robert Lewandowski, Cristiano Ronaldo
Fifpro Women’s World XI: Christiane Endler, Lucy Bronze, Wendie Renard, Millie Bright, Tobin Heath, Veronica Boquete, Barbara Bonansea, Megan Rapinoe, Delphine Cascarino, Vivianne Miedema, Pernille Harder.
Tottenham forward Heung-min Son won the Puskas Award for his stunning solo goal against Burnley last season, while there was also time in the ceremony, conducted virtually from Zurich, to pay tribute to Diego Maradona and Paolo Rossi, two legends of the game who passed away recently
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