Robert Lewandowski wins Best FIFA Men's Player 2021
Robert Lewandowski has been named the Best FIFA Men's Player for 2021, meaning the 33-year-old attacker has defended his title from last year. Lewandowski beat Lionel Messi of Paris Saint-Germain and Mohamed Salah of Liverpool to top spot.
"I feel very honoured, very proud and happy. I want to thank my teammates. We all work hard to win trophies. This is a title for everyone around me," said Lewandowski, who received the award virtually at The Best FIFA Football Awards ceremony on Monday night. "Everything that happened last year, the Bundesliga record, I wouldn't have dared dream that would happen. If someone had told me a few years ago, I wouldn't have believed it," continued the 33-year-old, who also paid tribute to the late Gerd Müller: "Unfortunately, Gerd is no longer with us. But without him I wouldn't have managed all this. It's always about what I can do next, to achieve the next record."
Well deserved reward for an outstanding year
It is the crowning award and the logical result after an outstanding year for Lewandowski. In 2021, the Polish international broke two seemingly unsurpassable records set by Bayern legend Müller: In the 2020/21 Bundesliga season, Lewy scored an incredible 41 goals (Müller's previous record was 40 goals in the 1971/72 season). In addition, FCB's number 9 also set a new record with an incredible 43 Bundesliga goals in the 2021 calendar year (Müller's record was previously 42 goals, in 1972). With a staggering 58 goals in all competitions for FCB in 2021, Lewandowski was by far the most successful goal scorer in Europe's top 5 leagues.
Lewy continues to chase records
But Lewy is far from satisfied. Last weekend he broke the 300-goal mark in the Bundesliga. Müller is the only player with more than him on 365. And Lewandowski already has his sights set on the next record. fcbayern.com wants to congratulate the exceptional striker on his more than deserved Best FIFA Men's Player award!
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