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Lucy Bronze and Robert Lewandowski crowned footballers of the year at FIFA Best awards

European Champions League winners from England and Poland both claim 2020 honours at virtual ceremony

By James Pratt ·

England women's footballer Lucy Bronze was named the women's footballer of the year for 2020 at the FIFA Best awards on Thursday (17th December), and immediately set her sights on Olympic success at the Tokyo Games in 2021.

In receiving the accolade at the virtual ceremony, the defender described the award as being even more special after 2020 and that the Coronavirus pandemic has taught her to "appreciate every single moment."

Bronze won the UEFA Women's Champions League with Olympique Lyonnais in 2020, before moving to Manchester City, and listed the Olympics as one of her aims for the year ahead with the Great Britain team, telling viewers in the live-streamed awards, "A huge reason for me coming back to home soil was to bring back being that serial winner. We have the Olympics coming up and a home Euros to follow and then a World Cup following that. I hope to bring all the experiences I had at Lyon and all my past experiences of winning trophies."

Robert Lewandowski was given the men's award, after a year in which his Bayern Munich team were crowned European Champions and won the German Bundesliga.

The Polish player was shortlisted alongside previous winners Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Olympians Messi and Ronaldo were also included in a star-studded men's eleven.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp was awarded best men's coach after guiding his team to the domestic title a year after their European Champions League success.

London 2012 Olympic champion and two-time World Cup winner Megan Rapinoe of USA won the women's award in 2019, and was among the eleven stars selected in the FIFPro women's world XI this time.

Netherlands coach Sarina Wiegman won the women's coach of the year award.

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South Korean striker Son Heung-min, who has been impressing in the English Premier League this season with Jose Mourinho's Tottenham Hotspur, won the Puskas award for the best goal.

The Asian footballer of the year also scored a stunner for his nation at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.