The Best FIFA Football Awards 2020: list of winners and reaction
The Best FIFA Football Awards 2020: as it happened
Who voted for Robert Lewandowski?
Here's the full voting for the Men's Player of 2020 from international captains and coaches and a media representative from each country.
Also check out who voted for the Men's Coach award...
Bale avoids Zidane in The Best FIFA Coach vote
The Welshman, who left the Spanish capital for London in September due to his poor relationship with Zinedine Zidane, decided against giving the French coach a single point in the vote.
Who voted for who in The Best FIFA Men's Coach award?
Check all the votes made by national team captains from around the world. Jurgen Klopp was the eventual winner of the award, beating Hansi Flick and Marcelo Bielsa.
Did Gareth Bale vote for Zinedine Zidane?
Marivaldo walks into history! The superfan walks 60 kilometres to watch Brazilian side Sport Club do Recife's home games. Now that is some commitment from their fan, who wins the FIFA Fan Award 2020.
The moment FIFA president Gianni Infantino presented The Best FIFA Men's award to Robert Lewandowski.
Son wins Puskas award 2020
Son talks to Jan Vertonghen, the man who provided him with the assist which led to his Puskas award!
Liverpool clean up at The Best FIFA awards ceremony
Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Virgil Van Dijk and Thiago Alcantara have all been named in the FIFA World XI. Head coach Jurgen Klopp won the Best coach of 2020 award.
Legendary Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon congratulates Manuel Neuer on winning The Best goalkeeper award for 2020.
In case you have missed it! The biggest news in world football in the last hour. Poland striker Robert Lewandowski has been named The Best FIFA player of 2020.
Lucy Bronze tonight became the first English player to win the women's top prize at the Best Fifa Football Awards.
Tonight’s winners in full:
Men’s player: Robert Lewandowski
Women’s player: Lucy Bronze
Men’s goalkeeper: Manuel Neuer
Women’s goalkeeper: Sarah Bouhaddi
Men’s coach: Jurgen Klopp
Women’s coach: Sarina Wiegman
Puskas award: Son Heung-min
Lewandowski had never been a finalist before and at the age of 32 he gets his hands of the coveted award.
and now we're back to the studio with Reshmin and Ruud
Lewandowski is chatting to Infantino in German, after receiving his award.
Robert Lewandowski is fully deserved of the award tonight after not just a wonderful 2019-20 season, but he has been superb over the last decade.
Last season Lewandowski scored 55 goals in 47 appearances for Bayern as they won their sixth European Cup and a domestic double!
FIFA president Gianni Infantino presents the Best FIFA Men's award to Bayern Munich and Poland striker Lewandowski.
The winner is Robert Lewandowski!
Robert Lewandowski, 32, is up against Juventus and Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo and Barcelona and Argentina’s Lionel Messi in the running for the accolade, which went to Messi in 2019.
The Best FIFA Men's award!
The final award of the night..
Lucy Bronze: "A big reason for me coming back to England is to bring back that winning mentality with me, from my days at Lyon."
Lucy: "The magic of this year was the Champions League. We got to go up against our real rivals. Those were big games. It was disappointing with no fans."
Lucy joins us live from Manchester. "Thank you very much for the award. What a surprise! To even be nominated!. To have won the award, I don't have the words to explain the feeling."
The winner of the women's award goes to the outstanding is Lucy Bronze!
Lucy Bronze (Manchester City/Lyon and England), Pernille Harder (Chelsea/Wolfsburg and Denmark) and Wendie Renard (Lyon and France) are the three nominees for The Best FIFA Women’s Player.
Now it's time to honour the best FIFA Women's award for 2020
Rossi scored 20 goals in 48 appearances for Italy, including winning the Golden Boot as the nation won the 1982 World Cup.
Rossi, who played for Juventus, Milan and Italy, remains his country's joint-top scorer at World Cups and led the Azzurri to victory in 1982.
Some lovely Maradona stories there...Now we turn our attention to the late great Paolo Rossi, who died recently at the age of 64.
Maradona once drove along to Rome from Naples just to get away from the madness of Naples! He couldn't go anywhere in the city, according to Gullit.
Gullit: "If Maradona had the protection of the players nowadays... Maradona is the best player I've ever seen and he is the best player ever!"
Gullit on Maradona: "He was outstanding. He was so strong, technical ability. He was a leader. He always wanted his teammates to give more too."
We currently have former Italian footballer Ciro Ferrera speaking about his memories of Maradona with a heartfelt speech.
A lovely tribute to Maradona, including a video montage of his goals at the World Cup for Argentina.
And now we have a tribute to the late great Diego Maradona.
Wenger: "I look at the front line there (the forwards), you all made me suffer a lot guys!"
Wenger speaks to the team online!
The team is lined out in a 4-3-3 formation, with each player sitting at home in front of a camera!
Ramos congratulates the 10 others in the World XI.
Sergio Ramos: "I've managed to keep my hunger to win. To continue learning and improving. I like to dream big, to hit objectives and keep improving as a player."
Alisson - Alexander-Arnold, Van Dijk, Ramos, Davies - Kimmich, De Bruyne, Thiago Alcantara - Messi, Lewandowski, Ronaldo.
The team is as follows:
Next up is the FIFA FIFPRO Men's World XI
He's here live, not online and looks great.
Arsene Wenger is back!
That's a strong forward line, packed full of goals and plenty of speed.
What a team that is! Megan Rapinoe, who won the Women's 2019 award, makes it into the World XI.
Endler - Bronze, Renard, Bright - Heath, Boquete, Bonansea, Rapinoe - Cascarino, Miedema, Harder.
FIFA FIFPRO Women's World XI
Sinclair: "The world of women's football is changing."
Christine Sinclair - the Canadian football legend has been breaking goalscoring records! 186 goals
She has scored more goals than any other player in international football!
Time for the FIFA FIFPRO World XI
Ruud Gullit says it's a pity that we can't hear from him.
The emotion is screaming through the screen but we can't hear him!
The FIFA Fan Award goes to...Marivaldo! He's jumping for joy on the screen!
The FIFA Fan Award nominees are next
Agnese reacted quickly after seeing that Briano wasn't breathing and he reacted to save his opponent's life. An incredible response from the young man.
The winner is a young boy from Italy. Matteo Briano's life was saved by Mattia Agnese , who is the winner of the award.
The FIFA Fair Play award is up next.
Wenger brings up the late Gerard Houllier, who passed away this week. "He was one of the greatest we ever had," Klopp says.
Jurgen says he's not the best coach but he's happy to win the award!
Klopp: "At home, we didn't struggle too much. The boys did incredibly well. We had the last two games with 2,000 people and that makes a huge difference."
Klopp: "We've been dreaming for a few years at Liverpool. For the Liverpool fans, we gave them some highlights in a tricky period."
Klopp looks even happier than usual!
He's currently with Trent Alexander Arnold! He also says hello to Arsene. Arsene congratulates the German coach on his award. Klopp thanks his staff.
Klopp admits he is shocked!
The winner is...Jurgen Klopp!
Many have questioned Bielsa's place on this list, although he got Leeds United promoted after 16 long years and has them playing some of the best football in the Premier League.
The Best FIFA Men's Coach nominees:
• Marcelo Bielsa (Argentina/Leeds United)
• Hans-Dieter Flick (Germany/Bayern Munich)
• Jürgen Klopp (Germany/Liverpool)
Wiegman will be the next England coach. They have a great coach on their hands.
Wiegman admits to Arsene Wenger that he has inspired her as a coach!
Wiegman on winning this prestigious award: "You need to stay modest and be prepared all the time. This year has made us be flexible in very difficult circumstances."
The winner of the Best Women's Coach for 2020 is...Sarina Wiegman
The Best FIFA Women's Coach 2020 nominees:
• Emma Hayes (England/Chelsea)
• Jean-Luc Vasseur (France/Lyon)
• Sarina Wiegman (Netherlands/Dutch national team)
Arsene will reveal who has won the best coach awards!
Wenger on life away from management: "I don't have to win football matches anymore!"
Arsene Wenger - FIFA Chief of Global Development is the next guest.
What a player Son has turned out to be for Tottenham! He's in outstanding form and deserves the award for a stunning goal.
Son on the goal: "I try to pass the ball sometimes, however I couldn't find an option to pass so I started dribbling and it was such a beautiful goal."
The winner of the Puskás award for 2020 goes to Son Heung-min!
The three goals were whittled down from a list of 11 screamers.
FIFA Puskás Award nominees:
• Giorgian de Arrascaeta (Uruguay/Flamengo): Ceará vs Flamengo, 25 August 2019
• Son Heung-min (South Korea/Tottenham): Tottenham vs Burnley, 7 December 2019
• Luis Suárez (Uruguay/Barcelona/Atlético Madrid): Barcelona vs Real Mallorca, 7 December 2019
Coming next...is the Puskas award! Some cracking strikes in this one!
Neuer: "It's much easier to communicate on the pitch, to say something to others. It's also easier for our coach."
Neuer: "It's hard without the supporters. We're playing for our fans watching the games. We try to do our best in every game."
Neuer on winning the award: "Thank you very much. It has been one of the best years of my career. it's amazing what we have done in 2020, especially in the summer in Lisbon."
And the winner of the best men's goalkeeper award is...Manuel Neuer
The Best FIFA Men's Goalkeeper nominees:
• Alisson Becker (Brazil/Liverpool)
• Manuel Neuer (Germany/Bayern Munich)
• Jan Oblak (Slovenia/Atlético Madrid)
Next up...the men's award!
The Lyon keeper wins the award! The 34-year-old has had a wonderful career to date.
And the winner is...Sarah Bouhaddi
The Best FIFA Women's Goalkeeper nominees:
• Sarah Bouhaddi (France/Lyon)
• Christiane Endler (Chile/Paris Saint-Germain)
• Alyssa Naeher (US/Chicago Red Stars)
We're starting with the goalkeeper awards!
FIFA president Gianni Infantino has sent a message about the difficult year we have all been through, adding that football is back and bringing joy to people's lives once again.
The 2020 FIFA FIFPRO Men’s World 11 and FIFA FIFPRO Women’s World 11 will also be revealed tonight.
As well for the The Best FIFA Men’s and Women's Player for 2020, we also have Best Men’s Coach, Best Women’s Coach, Best Men’s Goalkeeper, Best Women’s Goalkeeper, the FIFA Puskás Award, the FIFA Fan Award and the FIFA Fair Play Award.
We have 11 awards tonight.
Tonight's event will be hosted by sports journalist Reshmin Choudhury and former AC Milan and Netherlands star Ruud Gullit.
The Best FIFA Football Awards 2020 get under in just over five minutes.
When asked by the Polish outlet Sportowe Fakty who should have won the Ballon d’Or had this year’s award not been cancelled by France Football, owing to the covid-19 pandemic, Bayern's Lewandowski replied, “Me. We won everything we could win with Bayern. In every competition, Bundesliga, German Cup, Champions League...I was the top scorer. I think a player who achieves this would win the Ballon d’Or.”
Ballon d'Or 2020 cancelled
The Ballon d'Or was cancelled for 2020, but FIFA considers it important to honour "achievements in this extraordinary year".
FIFA confirmed earlier this year that its The Best awards will go ahead as a virtual event despite France Football's Ballon d'Or being cancelled in 2020.
With football across the globe impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, and France's Ligue 1 season notably curtailed in 2019-20, the call was made earlier in July that no Ballon d'Or would be awarded.
The decision frustrated Bayern Munich's Robert Lewandowski, the apparent favourite to succeed record-breaking six-time winner Lionel Messi.
Robert Lewandowski's 2019/20 season:
2020 will go down as the year when Lewandowski not only reasserted his claim to be the best No 9 in the world but also as the game’s most influential performer.
His consistency over the previous eight seasons has been incredible. He notched 30 goals in all competitions in 2011-12, followed by 36, 28, 25, 42, 43, 41 and 40 in every season since.
Last season the Polish striker took it to the next level, scoring 55 goals in 47 appearances for Bayern as they claimed their sixth European Cup alongside a domestic league and cup double.
The Best FIFA Football Awards 2020: preview
Bayern Munich and Poland’s Robert Lewandowski is the overwhelming favourite to be named The Best FIFA Men’s Player 2020 this evening.
Lewandowski, 32, is up against Juventus and Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo and Barcelona and Argentina’s Lionel Messi in the running for the accolade, which went to Messi in 2019.
Find out how you can watch tonight's event online
It all kicks-off at 19:00 CET.
Tonight's awards ceremony will be a virtual event only, due to the public health measures that are in place across the world to suppress the spread of covid-19.
Hello and welcome!
Hello and welcome to AS English's live coverage of the fifth edition of The Best FIFA Football Awards. This year we have a virtual event, which will be broadcast from the world governing body's HQ in Zurich.