Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski has been named FIFA’s 2021 World Player of the Year, defeating Lionel Messi and Mohamed Salah.
This is the Pole’s second consecutive The Best award, having won the crown in 2020 as well.
“I am really honored to have won this prize,” Lewandowski stated.
“I am quite proud.
This is the property of my teammates and coaches.
“I never think of breaking Gerd Muller’s record.”
To score 41 points in 29 games, if you asked me that question a few years ago, I would have said it was impossible.
I also express gratitude to him.
He established so many records, and it was always the next step for me to attempt to break them.”
This is the first time in history that the winner of the Ballon d’Or has not also won The Best, following the cancellation of the previous award in 2020.
Lewandowski is the only player to have won The Best twice since the award’s introduction in 2016.
Lewandowski’s 2021 season was probably the greatest it could have been, as he added four winners medals and a golden boot to his already-impressive collection.
He played a pivotal role in Bayern Munich’s Bundesliga, DFL-Supercup, UEFA Super Cup, and Club World Cup wins.
His goals have always lifted Bayern through difficult games, none more so than in 2021, when Lewandowski beat Gerd Muller’s long-standing single-season goal record.
Muller scored 40 goals in 1971-72, but Lewandowski went one better in 2020-21, scoring 41 in the Bundesliga.
It came as a surprise to see Messi miss out on the trophy after winning the Ballon D’Or and practically single handedly carrying Barcelona through the 2020/21 season, but his start at PSG hasn’t quite reached the heights expected.