Earlier today, Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski and Manuel Neuer were both presented with awards from FIFA. Lewandowski wrapped up Best FIFA Men’s Player, while Neuer was recognized as Best FIFA Men’s Goalkeeper.
Not that you need much help remembering why those two players are fantastic, but our friends over the at the Bundesliga prepared some factoids about the duo that even you might not know:
- Robert Lewandowski achieved something unique in the 2019-20 season: not only did he win the treble, but he was also the top scorer in all three competitions – which is unprecedented!
- He scored 34 times in the Bundesliga, 15 times in the Champions League and 6 times in the DFB-Pokal (German Cup) – that makes 55 goals in 47 competitive matches.
5 times top goalscorer
- Lewandowski has been top scorer in the Bundesliga five times (over the last seven years): 2013/14 for Borussia Dortmund, 2015/16, 2017/18, 2018/19 and 2019/20 for FC Bayern München.
- Apart from Lewandowski, only Gerd Müller has finished Bundesliga top scorer more than three times (Müller topped the goal scoring charts seven times - three years consecutively from 1971 - 1974).
Personal and Bundesliga records
- During the 2019-20 season, Lewandowski scored 34 goals in 31 games and was the top scorer from Matchday 1 until the end of the season (he scored in each of the first 11 matchdays – a new Bundesliga record). The only previous “start-to-finish” top scorer was Gerd Müller in 1972/73.
- Lewandowski also set a personal record for number of goals in a single season in 2019/20 with 34 Bundesliga goals. Never before has a non-German player scored so many goals in a Bundesliga season.
- Only Dieter Müller (34 goals in 1976/77) and Gerd Müller (3 times) have also scored 34 times or more in one Bundesliga season.
A record champion among goalkeepers
- Manuel Neuer is one of five players who were a part of both FC Bayern München’s treble wins (2013 and 2020)
- He has also won eight Bundesliga titles (alongside David Alaba, Jérôme Boateng, Thomas Müller and Javi Martínez), captaining the team for the last three.
- Together with Oliver Kahn, Neuer is now the record holder for number of championships won among Bundesliga goalkeepers.
- He is also the only goalkeeper in European football to have won the treble twice.
Back fully fit throughout the 2019/20 season again
- After injury concerns in the 2018/19 season (missing eight Bundesliga games), Neuer was consistently fit in 2019/20, playing in 51 of their 52 competitive games.
- He performed well in the 2019/20 Bundesliga season, finishing with 73% of shots saved.
- In 33 Bundesliga games, he conceded just 31 goals. There have been seasons with fewer goals conceded. Moreover, in the second half of the season, he conceded just 9 goals in 16 Bundesliga matches.
- He kept a clean sheet 15 times – leading the league.
- In the 2019/20 UEFA Champions League, he conceded only 8 goals from 11 games, kept 6 clean sheets and saved 78% of shots against him.
Outstanding again in the Champions League final
- As in the 2013 Champions League final against Dortmund, Neuer also performed exceptionally well against PSG in 2020: He thwarted two great chances for the French and thus twice avoided FC Bayern going behind.
- PSG Coach Thomas Tuchel said: “Manuel Neuer is of course a bit of a competitive distortion.”
- Neuer (twice) joins Sepp Maier (3 times) and Oliver Kahn (once) as one of only six FC Bayern goalkeepers to have experienced European glory.
Five-time World Goalkeeper and captain of the German national team
- Neuer has been named World Goalkeeper five times: four times consecutively between 2013 - 2016, and again in 2020 (Oliver Kahn was named World Goalkeeper three times).
- Neuer was nominated for the World Player of the Year in 2014 – alongside Christiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.
- Neuer has been captain of the German national team since 1 September 2016, and in 2014 won the FIFA World Cup, where he was also named in the FIFA Dream Team and All-Star Team.