According to reports from Goal, Hansi Flick said Robert Lewandowski is deserving of the award for Best FIFA Men’s Player.
Together with Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi and Juventus’ Cristiano Ronaldo, Lewandowski has been nominated for the Best FIFA Men’s Player Prize, which will be awarded in Zurich on Thursday.
Twice to give Bayern a 2-1 come-from-behind victory over Wolfsburg on Wednesday, the 32-year-old Lewandowski scored to keep the German champions one point behind Bundesliga leaders Bayer Leverkusen after 12 games.
After Gerd Muller (365) and Klaus Fischer (268), Lewandowski also celebrated his 250th Bundesliga goal, from just 332 games, the Polish international being just the third player in league history to cross the plateau, although he is the first non-German to achieve the feat.
Lewandowski has 15 goals after 11 league games this season, following a campaign where the star striker shot Bayern to the glory of the Champions League, in addition to the Bundesliga, DFB-Pokal and DFL-Supercup domestic trebles.
Bayern team-mate Manuel Neuer, who celebrated his 200th club league win from 261 games, breaking the record of Thomas Muller, was nominated for the Best FIFA Men’s Goalkeeper Award alongside Alisson and Jan Oblak of Atletico Madrid from Liverpool, and Flick is adamant that all of his players have earned the right to claim the awards.
“Lewy is on one side very important on the pitch, but also he is in the inner circle of the squad,” Flick said after the match.[He] is a really important player of course, whose point of view really counts.
“We are all looking forward, therefore Manuel would win their honors, as well as Lewy. It is sincerely earned by both teams.”
Leeds United coach Marcelo Bielsa and Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp have joined Flick in being nominated for the Best FIFA Men’s Coach award.
The 55-year-old admitted that to rebound from a fifth-minute set-back against Wolfsburg, his players had to dig deep as Maximilian Philipp volleyed the visitors ahead against the Allianz Arena’s run of play.