Bayern Munich became only the second club in history to hold six trophies after one season when they defeated Tigres UANL in the FIFA Club World Cup final yesterday in Doha, Qatar. A close-range volley from Benjamin Pavard in the 59th minute secured the win for Bayern as Joshua Kimmich’s thunderous strike in the 18th minute had been ruled out for Robert Lewandowski interfering with the goalkeeper’s line of sight from an offside position. The last club to hold six trophies after a season was Barcelona back in 2009.
After the match during the trophy and medal presentation, though, there was a slight hiccup from FIFA, per a report from Az.
During the trophy presentation when all of the players received their medals on their way up to the podium, it eventually became clear that FIFA did not have enough medals for everyone. As is customary during trophy lift presentations, the captain is the last player to get their medal and make their way up to the podium to lift the silverware.
When Hansi Flick made his way up prior to Manuel Neuer, he noticed that there was only one winner’s medal left to give out by the representatives from FIFA. Upon noticing this, Flick gestured to Neuer, telling the representatives to make sure he got the medal instead.
When the team was receiving their medals, they realized they were one medal short, and Hansi insisted that Neuer should have it. What a sweet gesture from a sweet man ❤️ pic.twitter.com/zTjgtI8AfM— Hansi Flick Fans 6x (@IHeartHansi2) February 12, 2021
On the surface, it might’ve just been a small gesture, but it’s a testament to Flick’s team-first mentality, bringing his reign as FC Bayern manager full circle. When he was first put in charge in November of 2019, there were plenty of question marks surrounding the club’s future, but he turned skeptics into believers and has now written this team into the history books. He might not have a Club World Cup medal, but the materialistic piece of silverware means nothing compared to everything this man has done for the club.
Not for nothing, either, but Neuer has been in sensational form the past two seasons and certainly saved Bayern on countless occasions across all competitions. It is, of course, ALWAYS a team effort, but he has come up big in massively important moments, so it’s fitting that he got the last medal before lifting the last trophy to cap off what was a truly incredible 2019/2020 campaign.