Zurich (dpa) – Bayern fans will remember well. In 2013, an excellent Franck Ribery led the Munich team to a triple under coach Jupp Heynckes.
Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo, however, triumphed ahead of his Argentinian rival Lionel Messi in the election for World Footballer of the Year, which at the time was still called FIFA Ballon d’Or. Ribery only finished third, despite Ronaldo not winning a title in 2013 and Messi becoming only Spanish champion.
Could history repeat itself in 2020? Under normal circumstances, the winner of the FIFA World Federation election, the result of which will be announced today, Thursday (7 p.m.), can only be Lewandowski. Champion, DFB Cup Winner, Champions League Winner. Top scorer in all three competitions, plus success in the German and European Supercups. The Polish FC Bayern striker was the outstanding player of the season, while Messi was humiliated in the 2: 8 against Munich and the last stop was for Ronaldo in the Champions League round of 16.
“It must be made clear that Robert Lewandowski absolutely deserves this accolade,” said Bayern’s CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge of the “Abendzeitung”, adding: “He played an excellent season with many goals and he has his qualities in favor of the” Abendzeitung “. Team increased again. “
But in the election, the votes of fans, national coaches, national team captains and journalists are also part of the result. Popularity values can be more decisive than success in sports. Rummenigge knows that too. Messi and Ronaldo have “a certain starting advantage in other parts of the world such as Asia, Africa and especially South America”. There they are “much more present and widespread” on television than the Bundesliga players.
Other decisions also need to be made:
WORLD TRAINER: There is a good chance that a German coach will get the title. In addition to Bayern coach Hansi Flick, Jürgen Klopp (Liverpool FC) and Marcelo Bielsa (Leeds United) are also on the shortlist. Although Klopp was eliminated from the Champions League with Liverpool FC in the round of 16, it led the Reds to their first championship in 30 years. Bielsa was promoted to Leeds.
WORLD GOALKEEPER: Bayern won the top league thanks to the parades of national goalkeeper Manuel Neuer. That could earn him the title of world goalkeeper. His rivals are the Brazilian Alisson from Liverpool FC and the Slovenian Jan Oblak from Atlético Madrid.
WORLD FOOTBALLER: German national player Dzsenifer Marozsán of Olympique Lyon just missed the top three. Either the former Wolfsburg Pernille Harder from Sweden (Chelsea FC), the English Lucy Bronze from Manchester City or the French Wendie Renard (Olympique Lyon) is chosen.