FIFA confirmed on Friday that Lionel Messi, Robert Lewandowski, and Cristiano Ronaldo are the three finalists for the 2020 The Best FIFA Men’s Player Award.
Messi won the award in 2019 beating off competition from Ronaldo and Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk but is not the favorite this time around.
Indeed it’s Lewandowski who is expected to scoop the prize after helping Bayern win the treble and scoring 55 goals in all competitions in 2019-20.
Messi of course finished the season empty-handed with Barca. Yet he did still top the scoring charts in La Liga for the seventh time and the fourth year in a row.
The Barcelona captain ended up with 25 goals in 33 games to finish four ahead of his nearest rival Karim Benzema. Messi also set a new record for La Liga assists too, beating Xavi’s mark and ending the season with 22.
Meanwhile, Ronaldo added to his trophy collection in 2019-20, helping Juventus claim the Serie A title yet again and scoring 31 goals in 33 appearances for the Turin giants.