Lewandowski wins UEFA Best Player award

Robert Lewandowski has been crowned as the Best UEFA Player last year at the virtual ceremony held from Nyon. The Pole inscribes his name for the first time on the list of honors and succeeds Virgil Van Dijk, who won last year.

Lewandowski won the vote over his partner Manuel Neuer and the Manchester City player Kevin de Bruyne. The striker stood out in a particularly dominant Bayern squad last European season. At 32, the Pole was the main architect of the Bundesliga-German Cup-Bayern Champions League treble, by signing 34 goals in the German league and 15 in the Champions League.

Robert Lewandowski surpassed himself, taking the thorn out of the European runner-up championship achieved in 2013 with Borussia Dortmund and the consideration that he had difficulties to be decisive when the last rounds of the maximum continental tournament came. The Polish dazzled in the round of 16 against Chelsea, with three goals and four assists, and participated in the 8-2 party over Barcelona in the quarterfinals, with a goal. He also scored another goal in the semifinals against Lyon (3-0).

One more edition, a goalkeeper remains at the gates of the award. We will have to keep waiting to see a goal win a great individual trophy, something that has not happened since the Ballon d’Or awarded in 1963 to Russian Lev Yachin. Kevin De Bruyne, the other finalist, shone in the Premier League but was weighed down by Manchester City’s disappointing season.

It should be remembered that for the first time since 1956, the Ballon d’Or will not be awarded in 2020 Due to the coronavirus pandemic, which has disrupted soccer competitions, this recognition has more impact this year.