Bayern Munich’s Lewandowski named ‘Striker of the Year’ at Ballon d’Or


Bayern Munich’s Polish goal machine Robert Lewandowski on Monday received the first Striker of the Year award at the Ballon d’Or ceremony in Paris, as the prestigious awards ceremony returned a year after it was canceled due to the pandemic.

Lewandowski pilfered a Bundesliga record of 41 goals in just 29 games last season to eclipse the long-standing mark set by the late Gerd Muller. The 33-year-old scooped FIFA’s prize for best male player of 2020.

Barcelona and Spain starlet Pedri won the Kopa Trophy for the best player aged under 21.

The midfielder, who only turned 19 last Thursday, was a key player for Spain as they reached the semi-finals of the European Championship and featured in their side that lost in the men’s Olympic football final against Brazil in Tokyo.

In addition, he played 52 games for Barcelona, helping them win the Copa del Rey.

Pedri, who joined Barca from Las Palmas last year, recently extended his contract at Camp Nou to 2026.

The Kopa Trophy is named after Raymond Kopa, the Real Madrid and France star of the post-war era who won the Ballon d’Or in 1958.

France forward Kylian Mbappe was the inaugural winner of the prize in 2018, and Matthijs de Ligt of Juventus and the Netherlands won it in 2019.

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