Bayern Munich star Robert Lewandowski has won Germany’s award for football player of the year for 2021 and received an incredible 356 of the 563 votes in the magazine Kicker.
The 32-year-old won the award last year and scored points in all but two league matches during the second half of the 2019/20 campaign.
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And he has defended his crown in 2021 and won the trophy after another record season with Bayern. Kicker announced that Lewandowski had been recognized for his achievements by winning 63% of the 563 votes, with Thomas Muller (41) closest rival.
The Polish striker spoke of the “honor” and “great pride and joy” he felt in defending the trophy after firing the German giants to another Bundesliga title.
“I know what a great honor this is,” Lewandowski said.
“It’s a source of great pride and joy for me, because it’s rare for someone to win the title of Footballer of the Year in Germany twice in a row.”
Lewandowski reached new heights with Bayern last season and scored an incredible 41 goals in 29 league games to break the long-standing record set by Gerd Muller in 1971/72. He reached the remarkable figure on the last day of the season and made a 5-2 victory against Augsburg to write his name in the history of German football.
The former Borussia Dortmund hitman failed to score just once in the Bundesliga in 2021, scoring 24 goals in just 17 matches. He was able to break the record despite missing four league matches through injury – which also coincided with Bayern’s exit from the Champions League in the hands of Paris Saint-Germain.
He hit five hate tricks during the season and was once again the driving force behind a convincing title fee. Lewandowski also played in Euro 2020 and scored three goals for his nation.