Zürich (AP) – goalscorer Robert Lewandowski of Champions League winner FC Bayern Munich is one of three finalists in the 2020 world election.
The world federation FIFA announced. In addition to the Polish international, Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus Turin) and Lionel Messi (FC Barcelona) made it to the top three. “We all hope he becomes a world footballer. He has absolutely deserved it this season,” said Bayern coach Hansi Flick before the game of the German champions and cup winners on Saturday evening (6.30pm / Sky) in Union Berlin.
Flick is also one of the finalists in the coach of the year election – alongside Chilean Marcelo Bielsa of Leeds United and Jürgen Klopp of England champions Liverpool FC. National goalkeeper Manuel Neuer can hope to be awarded world goalkeeper alongside the Brazilian Alisson of Liverpool FC and the Slovenian Jan Oblak of Atlético Madrid. Lewandowski, the top scorer of the last Champions League and Bundesliga season, was voted Europe’s Footballer of the Year in early October and is considered the favorite in the category.
“It was never as good as it is now. It is clearer than in previous years,” said the most recent record player Lothar Matthäus, who was elected world footballer in 1991.
Fans could vote on the FIFA website until December 9. In addition, the choice of the national coach, the captain and a specialist journalist from the relevant countries was included in the decision. The award ceremony will take place on December 17 at the FIFA headquarters in Zurich.
In the women’s category, the German national player Dzsenifer Marozsán of Olympique Lyon missed the top three. The former Wolfsburg Pernille Harder from Sweden (Chelsea FC), the English Lucy Bronze from Manchester City and the French Wendie Renard (Olympique Lyon) are among the top three.