Robert Lewandowski scored 55 goals in all competitions last season as the German side won the treble. He scoring in every game he played in the Champions League to a 1-0 win over PSG in the final, with his feats in front of the gate, making him the choice of many critics as the game’s outstanding player nowadays.
According to Low, Manuel was better than Lewandowski this year
Germany’s manager Joachim Low has said he would snub Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski’s claim to the 2020 Ballon d’Or, opting instead for teammate Manuel Neuer. Robert Lewandowski scored 55 goals in all competitions last season as the German side won the treble. Lewandowski scored in every game he played in the Champions League to a 1-0 win over PSG in the final. With his feats in front of the gate, making him the choice of many critics as the game’s outstanding player nowadays. FCB’s route to that landmark event in Lisbon was facilitated by goalkeeper Neuer. He made several vital saves throughout the competition, particularly at a considerable time in the semi-finals against Lyon and then in the final itself.
Neuer kept the shop shut!
As a consequence, Low said he would vote for the former Schalke goalkeeper unless France Football cancels the Ballon d’Or due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. “Neuer was in great shape throughout the 2019-20 season,” Low told reporters. “Manuel is in a class of his own. I have nothing against Lewandowski, he is a world-class striker. But for me, the best player in the world this year is Manuel Neuer. What did Manu do in the Final 8 in Lisbon! He kept the shop shut! Manuel has been on hand in tough situations against Lyon and Paris. Otherwise, it could be 0-1 or 1-1. You had the feeling that he was infinite.”
Low has been a long supporter of Neuer, even when the 34-year-old faced criticism. There have been repeated calls for Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-André ter Stegen to take over Germany’s No.1 duties at home. However, Low has so far resisted who has selected both players on his side to face Spain and Switzerland in the upcoming Nations League matches in early September. Manuel now holds 92 caps for his country, leading them to success at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, while 28-year-old Ter Stegen has played for his country only 24 times, despite being a leading figure in Barcelona’s successes in recent years.