Over the course of this disrupted, strange year of sport, it is fair to say that we have seen some standout performers in the football world.
Many different talents from many different leagues have shone. I asked five of the WDSportz staff for their best player of this calendar year. Here are the results.
Ahmed – @Achforcap – Robert Lewandowski
For Ahmed there was only one choice. Robert Lewandowski.
Ahmed said: “RL9 was made to not only play football, but to completely dominate the environment he is in.
“He has the three key assets any striker needs which is pace power and strength. I believe he scored 55 goals in this year, which is insane that’s better than some teams in the Bundesliga.
“He never fears any opposition and the fact he wins his team trophies just cements his status. The boy ages like fine wine can’t wait to see more of him.”
Jack – @JackBibb_ – Robert Lewandowski
Contributor Jack also went for the Bayern Munich man.
The reason’s for this? Jack cited the part the Polish striker played in Bayern’s on-field success.
Lewandowski helped Bayern to a league, league cup and champions league treble, scoring 55 goals along the way.
“I don’t think you can overlook a treble and that many goals.”
Grace – @Graceotus – Bruno Fernandes
Journalist, and Manchester United fan, Grace went for Bruno Fernandes.
She said: “His stats since coming to the premier league have been incredible. Many players need time to adapt or get used to the league because it is a really tough league.
“However, he’s made an instant impact for united right away. Only thing missing for him in England so far is some silver wear.”
Credit to Grace, it is hard to ignore the impact Fernandes has had on United since he arrived in January.
In fact since his arrival, only Liverpool have scored more points in the league.
Since the Portuguese superstar arrived in Manchester, he has scored 25 goals and assisted 15 more in 42 games. A spectacular return.
Matt – @Baddoofc – Robert Lewandowski
“If I was to pick a player, I’d pick Robert Lewandowski because of his goal ratio last season.”
The popular choice, and it’s certainly hard to argue it.
The striker scored 55 goals in 47 games for the Bundesliga giants.
Additionally, he was named Best Men’s player by Fifa, beating Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo to the award. It was also widely expected that he would win the Balon D’or, prior to its cancellation due to Covid-19.
Jack – @fealy_jack – Marcus Rashford
Possibly an abstract choice, however, Jack felt that Rashford’s on and off-field contributions were too much to ignore.
Whilst Rashford’s work off the field has been nothing short of incredible, he has also shone on the pitch. Contributing 18 goals from left wing this calendar year.
Jack said: “As well as Rashford’s amazing quality on the pitch for Manchester United, the Englishman has inspired the nation off the field, which is the reason why he is my player of 2020.
“As well as qualifying for the Champions League with a doubted Man United squad, the forward has supported the nation during the COVID-19 pandemic. Rashford has fought to end child poverty in the UK, while our conservative government turned a blind eye, and has been recognised for his help to these terrific causes.
“During lockdown, he helped deliver meals to those of Greater Manchester who were no longer receiving free school meals, as well as raising £20 million to provide food for children nationwide.
“The Englishman took matters into his own hands, writing to our government to extend free school meals during the pandemic. This was taken into action and free meals were extended.
“More recently the Man United star has been recognised for his amazing work of supporting the children of the UK, being given the Fifa Foundation award, as well as being given an MBE for his brilliant contributions.
“During these tough times, Rashford has rose far and beyond, supporting our future generation when others didn’t. That’s why he is my player of 2020.”
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