It’s amazing, says Lewy | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, October 03, 2020 / LAST MODIFIED: 01:16 AM, October 03, 2020

It’s amazing, says Lewy

Robert Lewandowski was named UEFA's Men's Player of the Year on Thursday as Champions League winners Bayern Munich dominated the men's awards.

The 32-year-old scored 55 goals in 47 games, including 15 in 10 in the Champions League, while teammates Manuel Neuer and Joshua Kimmich and manager Hansi Flick also scooped individual awards. Neuer and Kevin De Bruyne had also been up for the award.

"I have to say it's amazing," Lewandowski said. "It's amazing, if you work so hard and you get this trophy, it's something special.

"I have to say thank you to my teammates, coaches, all the staff because they work very hard every day to prepare me for the games and also to my family because they support me a lot.

"I've always dreamed of playing in the biggest stadiums at the biggest club in the world. I'm very grateful and very proud and very happy."

Bayern captain Neuer was unsurprisingly named Goalkeeper of the Season.

Ahead of Neuer, Bayern's defensive quality was clear as their trio of Kimmich, David Alaba and Alphonso Davies made up the final shortlist, Kimmich coming out on top of the voting. Manchester City's midfielder Kevin De Bruyne was named Midfielder of the Season ahead of Thiago and Thomas Muller.

Bayern boss Flick's remarkable rise to prominence was recognised as he was named Men's Coach of the Year.

The night also saw the group stage draw for the Champions League, with Lionel Messi's Barcelona and Cristiano Ronaldo's Juventus drawn together in Group G.

Defending champions Bayern Munich must face Diego Simeone's Atletico Madrid after they were drawn together in Group A alongside Salzburg and Lokomotiv Moscow.

Paris St Germain and Manchester United will clash in Group H, English champions Liverpool must face Ajax Amsterdam in Group D, which also features high-scoring Italians Atalanta, and Real Madrid play Inter Milan in Group B.

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