October 2 – Bayern Munich forward Robert Lewandowski has been named UEFA men’s Player of the Year for 2019-20 after a remarkable 55 goals in 47 games.
The Polish striker was in sensational form as he helped Bayern win the Champions League as well as the German domestic double.
Lewandowski , who scored 16 more goals than any other player in Europe’s top five leagues, won by a landslide earning 477 points in the vote with second placed Kevin de Bruyne of Manchester City getting 90 and German keeper Manuel Neuer third on 66, with neither Lionel Messi (joint 4th) nor Christiano Ronaldo (10th) making the top three. Chelsea forward Pernille Harder received the women’s Player of the Year award.
Bayern’s Hansi Flick, little known before he took over from the sacked Niko Kovac, was named men’s coach of the year after leading his team to the Champions League crown.
De Bruyne was named Champions League midfielder of the season, thus preventing a Bayern clean sweep of the men’s awards.
The votes were decided by the 80 coaches of the clubs in last season’s European competitions, along with 55 journalists – one from each of Uefa’s member federations.
Top ten men:
1 Robert Lewandowski (Bayern) – 477 points
2 Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) – 90 points
3 Manuel Neuer (Bayern) – 66 points
4 Lionel Messi (Barcelona) 53 points
= Neymar (Paris Saint-Germain) 53 points
6 Thomas Müller (Bayern) 41 points
7 Kylian Mbappé (Paris Saint-Germain) 39 points
8 Thiago Alcántara (Bayern) 27 points
9 Joshua Kimmich (Bayern) 26 points
10 Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus) 25 points
Women’s Coach of the Year: Jean-Luc Vasseur
Men’s Goalkeeper of the Season: Manuel Neuer
Men’s Defender of the Season: Joshua Kimmich
Men’s Midfielder of the Season: Kevin De Bruyne
Men’s Forward of the Season: Robert Lewandowski
Women’s Goalkeeper of the Season: Sarah Bouhaddi
Women’s Defender of the Season: Wendie Renard
Women’s Midfielder of the Season: Dzsenifer Marozsán
Women’s Forward of the Season: Pernille Harder
UEFA President’s Award: Didier Drogba
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