The 2020 FIFPro award ceremony took place in Zurich on Thursday and we can all agree the awards were bestowed to the deserving ones.
THE BEST MEN’S PLAYER: ROBERT LEWANDOWSKI
There is definitely no arguments here. He was the deserving one. And after the Ballon D’or was cancelled this season, it was only fair that he won this award.
His incredible individual, as well as team display, saw him win the treble with Bayern Munich. He scored a mammoth 55 goals last season and 15 of them were in the Champions League.
THE BEST MEN’S GOALKEEPER: MANUEL NEUER
With this win Manuel Neuer has now won this award for the 5th Time! He finished ahead of Jan Oblak and Allison Becker with 320 points.
Neuer now belongs to the elite category of goalkeepers along with Iker Casillas and Gianluigi Buffon as the only goalkeepers to win this award 5 times.
THE BEST MEN’S COACH: JURGEN KLOPP
Jurgen Klopp defeated his German counterpart Hans-Dieter Flick in a really close competition. The latter had a better year compared to the prior with 5 trophies but Klopp’s team winning the Premier League for the first time in 30 years turned to be the decisive part. Marcelo Bielsa was the surprise finalist along with them.
With this win, Jurgen Klopp became the first Coach to win the award 2 years in a row.
This is why it is said, Patience is the key to success. When Jurgen Klopp took over Liverpool, the team was completely broken. They were struggling really hard and were mocked a lot. Slowly over the time of 5 years, with the trust from the board, the players, the coach, and of course the fans, they became the most dangerous team.
They won the Champions League last year and their first Premier League this year. This year they have 4 players in the Best XI; Allison Becker, Virgil Van Djik, Trent Alexander-Arnold, and Thiago Alcantara. The first two had featured last year. The homegrown boy was the new addition and Thiago joined them this year.
THE MEN’S WORLD XI:
With Thiago Alcantara moving to Liverpool at the start of the season, the Merseyside club had the most players(4) in the World XI, followed by Bayern Munich(3).
The Best Player was accompanied by the G.O.A.T’s upfront with Sergio Ramos(only Madrid player) and Kevin De Bruyne the other 2 filling the squad.
Virgil Van Dijk
Kevin De Bruyne
THE FIFPro WOMEN’S AWARDS:
THE BEST PLAYER: LUCY BRONZE
She won the Champions League and Division 1 Feminine title with Olympique Lyonnais before moving to Manchester City.
THE BEST GOALKEEPER: SARAH BOUHADDI
Her experienced performance saw her win the award. Her stats show that she kept nearly 90% clean sheet which is really incredible.
THE BEST COACH: SARINA WIEGMAN
The former Dutch player and current Coach lead the international team to the World Cup Final and made them one of the strongest competitors. She will be taking over England’s Women’s national Team from 2021.
THE WOMEN’S WORLD XI:
THE PUSKAS AWARD: SON HEUNG-MIN
The incredible solo run from the South-Korean for Tottenham Hotspur last year against Burnley was awarded the best goal award.
What a run that was!
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