The Ballon d’Or will not be awarded this year following the coronavirus-enforced break in play, however the Best FIFA Football Awards did go on 17 December. Robert Lewandowski, called ‘LewanGOALski’ by team-mate Thomas Mueller, won the trophy ahead of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. Here’s why.

” If you look at what he’s accomplished, you have to consider it,” said Bayern Munich coach Hansi Flick when inquired about his forward’s case for the Ballon d’Or following Bayern’s DFB Cup final win over Leverkusen. “Why shouldn’t it be somebody from the Bundesliga? He fulfils all the requirements.”

Since its foundation in 2016, The Best FIFA Guys’s Gamer award has been won by Ronaldo twice; Messi and Luka Modric as soon as each. All have been players for whom specific achievement goes together with club success. The way 2019/20 played out, you would be hard pressed to find a better prospect than Lewandowski.

Provided he’s the Bundesliga’s all-time leading foreign-born goal scorer, and has been finding the net with extraordinary regularity since arriving in Germany in 2010 – when every 109 Bundesliga minutes over the last decade – fans could be forgiven for thinking they had already experienced peak Lewandowski.

But Bayern’s prolific Pole has actually just enjoyed his best-ever Bundesliga season – ransacking a record 34 goals to win his fifth Torjägerkanone – fuelling his club’s course to an eighth successive league title, and he netted two times to help them raise the DFB Cup.

His six goals because competitors made him the leading scorer, and he likewise hit 15 on Bayern’s march to UEFA Champions League success – a competitors best. That suggests he scored 55 objectives in just 47 competitive video games in 2019/20, a spectacular accomplishment no-one else in Europe’s leading 5 leagues can boast. And how about this for a stat? He is the very first gamer ever to win a continental treble while likewise being the leading scorer in each competition.

Bayern won through to the last 4 in the Champions League after a jaw-dropping 8-2 drubbing of Messi’s Barcelona in which Lewandowski bagged one, and after winning the competitors for a 6th time to finish their second-ever continental treble, the volume of the voices backing his claim would be impossible to hush.

A Bundesliga gamer has yet to make the podium of FIFA’s now five-year-old award, whilst it has actually been 24 years because Germany’s top flight boasted a Ballon d’Or winner with Matthias Sammer coming top of the survey while a Borussia Dortmund player in 1996.

Previous Bayern goalkeeper Oliver Kahn came 3rd in 2001 and 2002, Franck Ribery was 3rd after the 2012/13 treble, while Lewandowski’s colleague, Manuel Neuer, likewise completed third in 2014 after backstopping Germany’s FIFA World Cup win in Brazil.

Another free-scoring striker, Gerd Müller, was the Bavarian juggernauts’ very first laureate in 1970, and he was followed by colleague Franz Beckenbauer, who won it two times in five years (1972, 1976). Current Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge is among the select group who have actually won back-to-back Ballons d’Or, topping the poll in 1980 and 1981.

” What I try to do is to constantly show the finest of myself, win prizes and score more goals. However that’s something that comes with cumulative trophies. That’s the most crucial thing. I don’t even consider the Ballon d’Or, even if, in my life, I believe that anything is possible,” Lewandowski informed France Football before suggesting – with words that will thrill Bayern fans and bring fear to his future opposition to the title – that he might make an even stronger claim in the future.

” I’m persuaded that the very best duration of my career is simply around the corner. I understand that this will not be my last agreement. I wish to play longer and remain in shape. I’ve got a lot of time to think about what follows, however I feel actually great.

” I’ll be 32 in August, but that doesn’t imply I feel 32! For me, age has no value in regards to whatever that I do, of my involvement in football and my life away from it. I don’t just wish to remain at the top of my video game for the next 2 or 3 seasons, I’m looking more long-term than that.”

He may have a couple of more seasons at the top in the tank yet, however after topping 2019/20 off with a Champions League title to go along with his domestic double trophy haul, and having top scored in all three competitions, undoubtedly there is little argument as to who is the very best?