Among his many achievements this year, Robert Lewandowski won the Champions’ League with Bayern Munich, became the German football league’s (Bundesliga) top scorer and led the Polish national team to advance to the European championship.
The Polish forward enjoyed the most prolific season of his career, scoring a remarkable 55 times in 47 appearances for the Bavarians.
At a specially organized gala in Genva, Lewandowski was also chosen as the best striker of the season.
Yet, the crowning award and title for Lewandowski was the Pole decisively being chosen as the European Footballer of the year. After receiving the award, the striker said, “It’s an amazing feeling, thank you to my teammates and coach.”
This is the first time the 32 year old achieved such an accomplishment. He also would have been the favorite to win the “Ballon d’Or” (Golden Ball), but France Football decided not to hold the competition this year.
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Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki himself congratulated Lewandowski on his historic achievement through social media.
“Robert Lewandowski is Poland’s best ambassador in the world and a whole different level of a footballer: pure class. He has always impressed with his efficiency and diligence, but his latest accomplishments are just insane! No one was able to stand in his way,” the prime minister wrote.
“Robert, huge congratulations. We are very proud of your accomplishments, and we know that this is not the end for you yet,” he added.
Lewandowski was chosen ahead of two other excellent footballers – Kevin De Bruyne from Manchester City and Lewandowski’s team colleague Manuel Neuer. Other contenders for the title included Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus), Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain), Neymar (Paris Saint-Germain) and Lionel Messi (FC Barcelona).
At the same event, apart from choosing the European Footballer of the Year, the group draw of the Champions’ League was made.