Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski was named World Player of the Year for the second time in a row last Monday. The Polish superstar received the most votes in the official vote for “The Best” award from the world football association FIFA, beating Lionel Messi and Mohamed Salah. The only German predecessor as a world footballer, Lothar Matthäus, addressed the Bayern clipper in a personal video message.
After Lewandowski also won the title for 2021 after his award for 2020 on Monday evening, the 60-year-old congratulated on social media: “Dear Robert, congratulations on being elected world footballer 2021. If anyone deserves it, then it’s you. You inspire not only me, but many, many other football fans around the world,” said Matthäus.
The 33-year-old center forward once again appeared as an outstanding scorer for FC Bayern and the Polish national team in the last calendar year.
Lewandowski already has 23 Bundesliga goals this season for FC Bayern
In the current Bundesliga season, Lewandowski has already scored 23 times in 19 games, including the second half of the season. He could surpass the record of 41 goals set last summer within a Bundesliga season, if he continues to score so reliably.
In the Champions League, too, the superstar recently performed at a world-class level and has already scored nine times in six games in the group phase.
In his video message, Lothar Matthäus explained why Lewandowski didn’t just deserve the “The Best” award because of his goals. “The enthusiasm with which you play football, your commitment: you are a role model for young people,” said the record German international, addressing Munich’s top scorer.
Matthäus was the only German player to win the world footballer election in 1990.