2020: Lewandowski, Klopp are the best… Messi, Ronaldo go down low


Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has been named the top men’s coach at the Best FIFA awards, with Bayern Munich forward Robert Lewandowski claiming best men’s player.

There was more success for Liverpool as four of Klopp’s players were named in the men’s team of the year alongside Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne.

Manchester City and England defender Lucy Bronze was named the women’s player of the year. Bronze won a third successive title with Lyon in August, before returning to City later in the summer.

Meanwhile Spurs forward Son Heung-Min won the goal of the year award for his stunning solo effort against Burnley last December.

Klopp won the prize for a second successive season after beating off competition from Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa and Bayern Munich’s Hansi Flick, who were the other finalists for the award.

Liverpool followed up their 2018-2019 Champions League triumph by winning the 2019-20 Premier League as the Reds ended a 30-year wait to win the top-flight title.

Klopp gave credit to his coaching team, saying: “I have to thank these boys. What we did in the last few years was really special.”

Poland striker Lewandowksi struck 15 times in 10 games as Bayern won the Champions League last season, while also contributing 34 league goals as the Bavarian side added the Bundesliga title.

Lewandowski overcame fellow finalists Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi to claim the award, becoming just the second player outside of the famed duo to win the award – or its previous incarnations – since 2008.

Liverpool’s Alisson, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Virgil van Dijk and Thiago Alcantara were named in the men’s XI of the year, along with City midfielder De Bruyne.

Brazil international Alisson lost out to Bayern keeper Manuel Neuer in the award for the goalkeeper of the year, but was chosen ahead of the German in the team of the year.

Alexander-Arnold and Van Dijk were key figures in Liverpool’s title-winning side, while Thiago joined the club this summer after helping Bayern to win the Champions League.

The finalists for the men’s player of the year – Lewandowski, Ronaldo and Messi – made up the front three in the team of the year.

Son sublime individual goal for Tottenham against Burnley last December has been named the best in the world over the last year.

The South Korean picked up the ball on the edge of his own area during the 5-0 Premier League win before running through the entire Burnley team and slotting past Nick Pope.

Son beat efforts from Luiz Suarez for Barcelona and Flamengo’s Giorgian De Arrascaeta to win the Puskas Award at FIFA’s The Best ceremony.

The award, first established in 2009, is named after former Real Madrid striker Ferenc Puskas.

Son follows in the footsteps of the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar, James Rodriguez, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Mohamed Salah in claiming the award.

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