Robert Lewandowski is assured of being named FIFA’s finest male footballer on Thursday on the energy of his 55-goal haul to assist Bayern Munich win the treble final season. The Poland striker, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are shortlisted within the males’s class for FIFA’s ‘The Finest’ awards.
“We have been one of the best, there is no doubt about that,” Lewandowski mentioned on Wednesday forward of the web ceremony at FIFA headquarters in Zurich.
After a season “while you’ve scored numerous objectives and gained the whole lot, I do not suppose there’s anybody I can evaluate myself to,” the 32-year-old added confidently.
His objectives helped Bayern raise the Bundesliga, German Cup and Champions League trophies in 2019/20 as top-scorer in all three competitions.
Lewandowski has already been named the footballer of the yr for Germany and Europe.
Croatia’s Luka Modric, voted ‘The Finest’ FIFA males’s footballer in 2018, is the one participant to have damaged Ronaldo and Messi’s domination since 2008.
Ronaldo has been voted participant of the yr 5 occasions, one lower than Messi.
Can the Poland striker – who team-mate Thomas Mueller has dubbed ‘LewanGOALski’ – break the mould?
“There is no one who deserves it as a lot as Robert,” mentioned Bayern boss Hansi Flick, who’s shortlisted for coach of the yr alongside Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp and Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa.
Bayern captain Manuel Neuer – who together with Jan Oblak and Alisson Becker is up for one of the best male goalkeeper award – says Lewandowski is “distinctive”.
“I am actually completely satisfied to have him in my crew – and to not need to play in opposition to him,” Neuer quipped.
The assorted class winners might be determined by the votes of the captains and head coaches of all of the nationwide groups, plus greater than 200 media representatives, whereas followers also can vote.
England’s Lucy Bronze, Pernille More durable of Chelsea and French defender Wendie Renard are within the working for the ladies’s award.
Nonetheless, Bayern gamers are solely too conscious of the risks of getting their hopes up.
Former Munich winger Franck Ribery was crestfallen in 2013 – when Bayern additionally gained the treble – to have been voted third behind Ronaldo and Messi.
A yr later, Neuer needed to accept third behind the superstars regardless of excellent shows to assist Germany win the 2014 World Cup.
Lewandowski scored in Bayern’s 8-2 thrashing of Barcelona within the quarter-finals of the Champions League in August with Messi on the shedding crew.
A footballer from a Bundesliga membership has by no means been voted because the world’s finest participant.
Lothar Matthaeus, the one German voted FIFA world participant of the yr, was at Inter Milan when he achieved the feat in 1991.
Lewandowski wouldn’t be stunned if Messi wins it once more on Thursday, including: “we’ll have to attend 100 years till somebody like him is born once more”.
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