The Polish Bayern Munich forward Robert Lewandowski was awarded the FIFA The Best award for the best player of the year with absolute clarity, while the vote of the selectors decided the technical tie in the coaches chapter in favor of Jugen Klopp .
According to the data provided by FIFA, Lewandowski was the one who received the most points from coaches, captains, journalists and fans for a total of 52 points, for the 38 from the Portuguese Cristiano Ronaldo and the 25 from the Argentine Leo Messi.
Lucy Bronze, declared best player, also obtained 52 points and finished ahead of the Danish Pernille Harder (40) and the French Wendie Renard (35).
The big surprise came in the men’s soccer coaches section. The award, for the second year in a row, went to Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp of Germany, who beat the favorite, his compatriot Hans-Dieter Flick, who has won it all this year with Bayern Munich.
They ended up tied at 24 points, while the other candidate, Argentine Marcelo Bielsa (Leeds), finished with 11, but according to the rules the vote of the national selectors decided.
Klopp compiled between these 686 points by the 572 of Flick. The Liverpool manager also received more endorsements from the captains (666-583). Instead the Bayern coach won between the media (782-578) and the fans (468,611-410,190).
As for the women’s soccer coaches, the winner, the Dutch Sarina Wiegman, obtained a total of 26 points, six more than Frenchman Jean-Luc Vasseur, who led Lyon to their fifth straight UEFA Champions League title.
The German Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich) won the award for best goalkeeper with 28 points, for the 20 of the Brazilian Alisson Becker (Liverpool) and the 12 of the Slovenian Jan Oblak (Atlético de Madrid); and the French Sarah Bouhaddi (Lyon) the best goalkeeper with 24, two more than the Chilean Christiane Endler (PSG).
This was recognized by voters to define the FIFA 2020 The Best awards, whose gala was held virtually from the headquarters of the world’s highest football organization in Zurich due to the pandemic and whose presentation was given by the English journalist Reshmin Chowdhury and former Dutch player Ruud Gullit.