Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski was on a shortlist of three players on Friday to get the “The Best” award, which is presented to the best player in the world presented by FIFA, alongside Lionel Messi, who won the last prize, and Cristiano Ronaldo who won it more than once.
The winner will be announced next Thursday in a virtual ceremony. Lewandowski is widely considered to be the most prominent candidate for the world award for the first time, after scoring 55 goals and leading Bayern Munich to win the European Champions League, German League (Bundesliga), and the German Cup last season.
Lewandowski, 32, had already won the best prize in Germany and the European Union last season. While the Golden Ball will not be held this year due to the Coronavirus epidemic.
Here is the shortlist of the rest of the awards:
Best Player: Lucy Bronze (England-Lyon-Manchester City), Pernelle Harda (Denmark-Wolfsburg-Chelsea), Wendy Renard (France-Lyon)
Best Goalkeeper: Sarah Bouhade (France-Lyon), Claudia Christian Endler (Chile-Paris Saint-Germain), Alisa Nayheer (America-Chicago Red Star).
Best Goalkeeper: Alison Becker (Brazil-Liverpool), Manuel Neuer (Germany-Bayern Munich), Jan Oblak (Slovenia-Atletico Madrid).
Best Female Coach in the Women’s Category: Emma Hayes (England-Chelsea), Jean-Luc Fassior (France-Lyon), Sarina Wegmann (Netherlands-Holland)
Best Male Coach: Marcelo Bielsa (Argentina-Leeds), Hansi Flick (Germany-Bayern Munich), Jürgen Klopp (Germany-Liverpool).
Puskas Award (Best Goal):
Georgian de Arasquita (Uruguay) during the Ciara match against Flamengo in the Brazilian League, on August 25, 2019, Son Heung-min (South Korea) during the Tottenham and Burnley match in the Premier League on December 7, 2019, Luis Suarez (Uruguay) during the Barcelona and Mayukra match in the league The Spaniard on December 7, 2019.