Alrighty ladies and gentlemen, FIFA’s “The Best” awards were finally awarded, and here are the highlights and initial reactions from the awards.
With the Ballon d’Or not being awarded this year (highly questionably if I may say so myself) — even though many football experts would’ve picked Bayern Munich star Robert Lewandowski to win it — tonight marked the best chance for individual accolades for the stars of Bayern’s historic 2020 quintuple winning team.
Best FIFA Men’s Player
Finalists: Robert Lewandowski (FC Bayern München), Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus), & Lionel Messi (Barcelona)
Robert Lewandowski is your Best FIFA Men’s Player of 2020! FIFA, you got this one correct! The Polish talisman has been nothing short of spectacular this year including breaking domestic goal-scoring records including the fastest time to 10 goals (five matches) to his unbelievable 33 as the highest-scoring non-German in Bundesliga history. His exploits in finally winning the UEFA Champions league and world-high 55 goals in 2019-2020. Herzliche Glückwünsche, Lewy!
Robert Lewandowski in 2019/20:— Squawka Football (@Squawka) December 17, 2020
◉ Bundesliga top-scorer
◉ DFB-Pokal top-scorer
◉ #UCL top-scorer
The UEFA Men's Player of the Year and now #TheBest FIFA Men's Player. pic.twitter.com/CniTfwkBit
Best FIFA Men’s Goalkeeper
Finalists: Manuel Neuer (FC Bayern München), Jan Oblak (Club Atlético de Madrid), & Alisson Becker (Liverpool FC)
Manuel Neuer is your Best FIFA Men’s Goalkeeper of 2020. There was only one winner for this award and FIFA rightfully went with Neuer. He was an essential cog to FC Bayern’s immaculate record in their Champions League-winning campaign. FC Bayern’s Der Käptain has reverted to arguably the best form of his life over the past season and FC Bayern is better because of it. Herzliche Glückwünsche, Manu!
Best FIFA Men’s Coach
Finalists: Hans-Dieter Flick (FC Bayern München), Marcelo Bielsa (Leeds United FC), & Jürgen Klopp (Liverpool FC)
Jürgen Klopp is your FIFA Best Men’s Coach of 2020. I’m going to be frank, they got it wrong. Nothing against Klopp but the fact Hansi Flick did not win it is nothing short of robbery. I mean, let’s be frank here, Klopp and Liverpool won the Premier League. Hansi Flick won the QUINTUPLE. He took a team that was sitting fourth place in November after Kovač was fired and went on to not only have the longest winning streak in Champions League history but also break other records. Flicki-Flaka went on to obliterate his opponents. 8-2 Barcelona. 7-2 Chelsea. He went 8-0 in the Champions League and led Bayern to an overall 11-0 if you include this year. The first time that had ever happened. I mean, Hansi Flick has literally won more trophies (5) than Games he’s lost as Bayern's manager (3) since he’s taken charge. He even won UEFA Coach of the Year. Yet somehow he didn’t win FIFA Best Men’s Coach of 2020. Sorry FIFA, you got it wrong. No offense Klopp, but you shouldn't have won it.
On the 3rd November 2019, Hansi Flick was appointed as Bayern Munich manager.— Squawka Football (@Squawka) December 17, 2020
German Football Manager of the Year
UEFA Men's Coach of the Year
But not #TheBest FIFA Men's Coach of the Year... pic.twitter.com/xvVhRb5jqR
FIFA FIFAPRO Men’s World XI Squad
Ok FIFA, Manuel Neuer is the FIFA Best Men’s Goalkeeper of 2020 but doesn't make the FIFAPRO Best XI. FIFA, what’re you on? Seriously, if Manuel Neuer was voted the best goalkeeper how was he not the FIFAPRO Men’s Best XI starting Goalkeeper??
Apart from that, Alphonso Davies, Joshua Kimmich, Robert Lewandowski & Thiago Alacantara (We miss you, Thiago!) were rightfully chosen as the best in their respected positions. It should not be lost in the jubilation that Alphonso Davies just became the first North American ever in the FIFAPRO Men’s World XI. And to think he’s just 19.
Herzliche Glückwünsche Alphonso Davies, Joshua Kimmich, Robert Lewandowski, and Thiago Alcantara!
The FIFPro Men’s World XI.— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) December 17, 2020
Imagine watching this team pic.twitter.com/saD23g8e5B