The Ballon d’Or will not be announced this year, but FIFA is going ahead, and the final nominations for the Best awards are in.
Bayern Munich finished the 2019/20 season with everything on offer. Roberto Lewandowski led Die Roten’s charge, with the best goalscoring return of his career.
Between the sticks, Manuel Neuer rolled back the years. Neuer stopped Neymar in the Champions League final and proved why he is hailed one of the best if not the best showstoppers of his generation.
In the dugout, Hansi Flick changed the fortunes of Bayern Munich. The club were humiliated by Eintracht in Frankfurt, but that match is part of history. The Flick revolution began in its aftermath. After the 5-1 drubbing, they went on to claim a historic treble. The UEFA Champions League being their crowning moment.
Understandably, the Bayern trio are in the race for FIFA’s Best awards. Lewandowski has competition from Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi for The Best FIFA Men’s Player 2020. Neuer is up against Liverpool’s Alisson, Atletico Madrid’s Jan Oblak for the Best Goalkeeper award. At the same time, Flick is a shoo-in against Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp and Leeds’ Marcelo Bielsa for the Best Men’s Manager award.
The Bavarians are not part of the women’s awards. Danish Pernille Harder, who moved from VfL Wolfsburg to Chelsea in the summer, Englishwoman Lucy Bronze from Manchester City, and Frenchwoman Wendie Renard of Olympique Lyon are on the Best FIFA Women’s Player shortlist.
For the Best Woman between the sticks title, there are fimilar faces. Lyon’s Sarah Bouhaddi, Paris Saint-Germain’s Christiane Endler and Chicago Red Stars’ Alyssa Naeher will battle it out.
On the managerial front in the woman’s game, the fight is tough. Lyon’s Jean-Luc Vasseur, Chelsea’s Emma Hayes and Netherlands’ Sarina Wiegman are up for recognition.