Bayern Munich forward, Robert Lewandowski, won the 2019/2020 Best FIFA Men’s Player of The Year Award, on Thursday evening.
The 32 year old defeated fellow contender, Messi and Ronaldo, to the Award which was held virtually in Zurich, Switzerland.
While accepting the award, the Polish striker admitted that he will probably “struggle to get to sleep tonight” after the victory!
“This really is something – Messi and Ronaldo have been playing at the highest level for years and now I’m rubbing shoulders with them,” an excited Lewandowski said.
“This means that all the hard work has paid off. I wouldn’t have achieved this without the team – they’re the ones who create the situations for me. It’ll take a while to absorb what I’ve achieved and I think I’ll struggle to get to sleep tonight. But I’m really happy.
We’re all proud because it’s an award that recognizes the whole team. To win an award after so many years as a Bayern player is really something special. It was a long time coming for the club. I hope that we can end up shaping an era in football. We’ve got good young players and we’re ready to step up and face big challenges and go on to win more titles. The team is functioning well and going in the right direction.
Regardless of how many titles I may have won, it’ll never be enough. I’m already looking towards the next trophies – that’s my mentality and the mindset of the whole team. Winning a title once is tough, winning it twice is even more difficult. I hope that we’ll be able to celebrate with our fans next year. It was quite simply a sensational year. Staying at the top is tough, but that’s what we want to do. I’d like to thank everyone in the coaching staff and all my team-mates – I could never have done it without them. It’s hard to find the right words. I’m very proud.
As a young player I always used to watch Ronaldo and Romario – they were the big names. Brazil always had great strikers and I learned a lot from watching them. I always used to follow whoever was wearing the yellow No.9, 10 or 11 jersey. I’d tell my 16-year-old self that you can always play well, regardless of where you’re from,” the Bayern forward ended.
Lewandowski scored 55 goals in 47 appearances last season.
He was the highest goal scorer in the German league, Cup and UEFA Champions League.