Robert Lewandowski beats Messi to be crowned best player in world football

Robert Lewandowski beats Messi to be crowned best player in world football

- Robert Lewandowski inspired Bayern Munich to a treble last season

- The Bayern Munich striker has been ranked No.1 in top 25 players in world football

- Kevin de Bruyne and Lionel Messi are other players in the top three respectively

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The 2019/2020 season witnessed a three-month break following the pandemic but latest ranking shows that Robert Lewandowski is the best player in the world for the season.

Poland captain had a breathtaking season scoring 55 goals in 47 matches and helped the Bundesliga club Bayer Munich win the league as well as the Champions League titles same season.

He had been tipped to win the 2020 edition of the Ballon d’Or before it was cancelled and the 32-year-old would be disappointed having inspired his side to the treble.

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The goal poacher edged Manchester City’s Kevin de Bruyne to the number one spot as the Belgian is second on the list which had Barcelona captain Lionel Messi in third position.

In the rankings, Portugal and Juventus striker Cristiano Ronaldo is fifth on the list of top 25.

Posted below are the 25 best players in the world, according to GOAL.

25. Paulo Dybala (Juventus)

24. Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund)

23. Jordan Henderson (Liverpool)

22. Bruno Fernandes (Manchester United)

21. Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich)

Robert Lewandowski beats Messi to be crowned best player in world football 2019/2020 season

Robert Lewandowski ranked above De Bruyne and Messi in top 25 best players. Photo: Alexander Hassenstein
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20. Alphonso Davies (Bayern Munich)

19. Ciro Immobile (Lazio)

18. Mohamed Salah (Liverpool)

16. Serge Gnabry (Bayern Munich)

15. Romelu Lukaku (Inter Milan)

14. Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool)

13. Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid)

12. Thiago Alcantara (Liverpool)

11. Joshua Kimmich (Bayern Munich)

10. Sadio Mane (Liverpool)

9. Thomas Muller (Bayern Munich)

8. Karim Benzema (Real Madrid)

7. Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool)

6. Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain)

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5. Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus)

4. Neymar (Paris Saint-Germain)

3. Lionel Messi (Barcelona)

2. Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City)

1. Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich)

Meanwhile, earlier reported that UK based outlet FourFourTwo has named Barcelona star Lionel Messi ahead of countryman Diego Maradona as well as legendary Brazilian Pele in the top 50 greatest footballers of all time.

Despite inspiring Argentina to World Cup glory in 1986 as well as his superb show of class for Italian side Napoli during his playing career, Maradona was left in the second position.

However, he would still be delighted as he is ahead of arch-rival Pele who clocked 80 on October 23, with FFT describing the Brazil icon the most complete footballer.

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