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Lewandowski named Best FIFA Men’s Player beating Ronaldo and Messi

Robert Lewandowski has been named Best FIFA Men's Player for 2020, seeing off Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi to land the gong.

Lewandowski fired Bayern Munich to an historic treble last season, scoring 55 goals in the process, including 34 in the Bundesliga, 15 in the Champions League and 16 in the DFB-Pokal.

The Pole said: "I feel fantastic. I am very proud and happy to be honest this is a great day for me, and also for my club and colleagues.

"This award also belongs to my colleagues, the coach and Bayern Munich in general. It is an incredible feeling, a lot of emotions.

"If you win such an award and share that title with Messi and Ronaldo, that is unbelievable and it means so much to me.

"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.

"For the entire world this year was difficult, the greatest highlight was winning the Champions League final – such a special day and evening, that was an incredible feeling. That was a great moment.

"Then we won the cup and got every title we could possibly win. We have a great coach, great team and we all work towards one goal."

Tottenham's Son Heung-min won the Puskas Award for the best goal of the year for his stunning solo effort against Burnley.

The South Korean said: "Great, great! It was so nice – when I got the ball, I tried to pass, received it in my own box, couldn't find any option and started to dribble, and after two seconds was in front of the goal – it was such a surprise, such a beautiful goal.

"They (my team-mates) should give me more options… I am joking! I made a great run, great goal, so I am grateful for my team-mates as well.

"After I scored, I didn't realise it was that amazing – after the game, I watched it again, and was thinking 'wow, this is something special'.

"During the game you focus, afterwards I was so surprised that I was so far away, so many people around me. It was an amazing feeling."

Liverpool's Jurgen Klopp won the Men's Coach award for the second successive year having led the Reds to a first Premier League title.

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He beat Leeds' Marcelo Bielsa and Bayern Munich's Hans-Dieter Flick to the honour.

Klopp admitted his surprise at winning the award, saying: "I am [shocked]. I was sitting here because I thought last year I won it. I am here with my players. Thank you very much, wow.

"I have so many people to thank and most of all my coaches. If I had known we'd won it my coaches would be here with me. What we did in the last year is all about these boys.

"We didn't dream 30 years but we dream already for a few years. It was absolutely exceptional and we all had a special year in an unfortunately not so positive way but for Liverpool fans at least we could make some highlights in a tricky period.

"I had no idea how it would feel and it felt absolutely overwhelming."

Five Premier League players were named in the FIFA Best Mean's Team, including four from champions Liverpool.

Alisson, Virgil van Dijk, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Thiago Alcantara – who also played for Bayern Munich in 2020 – joined Manchester City's Kevin de Bruyne.

Sergio Ramos, Alphonso Davies, Joshua Kimmich, Messi, Ronaldo and Lewandowski completed the side.

Real Madrid skipper Ramos said: "One of the key secrets to keep this ambition is the will to win and that is what keeps me at the high level – the will to win.

"I like starting back from zero every year. I like to have new goals and achieve new things every year to become a better player.

"It is a privilege to be a part of this world XI. Congratulations also to the winners of the women's world XI."

England's Lucy Bronze and Millie Bright were named in the Women's team, and Bronze had double cause for celebration after being named Best FIFA Women's Player.

The Man City star said: "What a surprise. To even be nominated alongside the two other players, they are both incredible players and outstanding human beings well.

"I don't think I have the words right now to explain how I am feeling. If there is anything 2020 has taught us it is to appreciate every moment you have, never look too far ahead and live in the hear and now.

"I will appreciate twinning this award now more than ever and I will remember this moment for the rest of my life.

"I want to thank all the clubs I have played for. I am never going to take the smallest things for granted, like just being at home, let alone winning a trophy of this stature.

"The magic had to be the Champions League. It was disappointing not to have the fans and the support there but it was incredible to feel that pressure and to win it in the end.

"It was a huge achievement for the club and something I will treasure for rest of my life."

Best FIFA award winners

  • Women's goalkeeper: Sarah Bouhaddi (Lyon)
  • Men's goalkeeper: Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich)
  • Puskas Award: Son Heung-min (Tottenham)
  • Women's coach: Sarina Wiegman (Netherlands)
  • Men's coach: Jurgen Klopp (Liverpool)
  • Fair play award: Mattia Agnese
  • Fan award: Marivaldo Francisco da Silva
  • Men's team: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Ramos, Van Dijk, Davies; De Bruyne, Thiago, Kimmich; Messi, Lewandowski, Ronaldo
  • Women's team: Endler; Bronze, Bright, Renard; Heath, Boquete, Bonasea, Rapinoe; Cascarino, Miedema, Harder
  • Women's player: Lucy Bronze (Manchester City)
  • Men's player: Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich)

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