Bayern Munich Striker, Robert Lewandowski has claimed the award as FIFA Men’s Player of the Year for the second consecutive year after brushing off competition from Liverpool’s Mohammed Salah and PSG’s Lionel Messi.
The Poland International Striker was widely tipped to win last year’s Ballon D’or after last year’s edition was controversially cancelled, however, he lost out to the award’s serial winner, Lionel Messi who has won for a record seven times.
Interestingly, even though Lionel Messi publicly announced on the Ballon D’or stage after grabbing his seventh late last year that he thought Lewandowski has been phenomenal, the Argentine did not vote for the Bayern Munich Striker.
Instead, Lionel Messi voted for two of his teammates; Neymar and Mbappe and added Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema in third place.
Lewandowski was influential as Bayern defended their Bundesliga title and won the Club World Cup and the German Super Cup.
Speaking via video link after receiving the award, he said he never dreamed of breaking the record set by Muller, who died in 2021.
“If you you asked me a few years ago, I would have said it is impossible to break that record and score that many goals in the Bundesliga,” said Lewandowski.
“But now he (Muller) is not with us anymore and I also say thank you to him because this record would not be possible without him. He set so many – and for the next generation of players it was to try and beat it.”