• Robert Lewandowski and Manuel Neuer both received The Best trophy in December
  • They each continue in their own way to break records, the first in terms of goals scored, the second by aligning the clean sheets
  • Ahead of the FIFA Club World Cup, let’s take a look at what makes these two stars particularly bright.

In a sport whose ultimate goal is to get the ball into the opposing net while avoiding seeing its own trembling, FC Bayern Munich has long had two experts in each of these two specialties.

Between them, they have 16 years of good and loyal service for the Bavarian giant. Over the seasons, it has been said several times that they are no longer at the peak of their art. Considering the goals achieved so far and the fact that they are both in their 30s, it would be perfectly understandable that this is the case.

More Robert Lewandowski and Manuel Neuer, 32 and 34 years old respectively, are evolving at a level that has never been known to them before. The proof: last December, they were crowned – both for the first time in their careers – The Best – FIFA Player and The Best – FIFA Goalkeeper.

They received their trophy a few weeks ago and since then they have certainly not rested on their laurels. The pair recently set new Bundesliga records and yesterday continued the tradition, Lewandowski scoring a brace and Neuer conceding no goals. It would be amazing if the keeper and center forward didn’t play a decisive role in Thursday’s final against Tigres UANL. FIFA.com takes a closer look at this duo.

🇵🇱 ROBERT LEWANDOWSKI

The Polish striker has evolved and progressed in recent years, to the point of becoming a leader and a versatile player in the service of the collective above all. “He has come so far that now he is almost able to enjoy an assist, “Thomas Müller said recently with a smirk.

Lewandowski is a pure goalscorer and currently, no one in the world has mastered the art of shaking the opposing net better than him.

🔢 At the state

22 – Halfway through the 2020/21 Bundesliga, Lewandowski has already scored 22 goals, breaking the record set by Gerd Müller in the 1968/69 season, where The bomber had scored 20 times at the end of the first leg of the German championship.

What he says

“For years I’ve always been told he’s the best Lewandowski. My age doesn’t matter. I can still improve, improve my technique. Every season I try to be the best Lewandowski.”

What others are saying

“He is one of the most complete strikers in football today, perhaps even the best number 9 in the world. He has everything it takes to play in the attacking sector. He has a very strong head, in the finish, and in the conservation of the ball “- Hansi Flick


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🇩🇪 MANUEL NEUER 🧤

At the end of 2014, Neuer had already won a World Cup with his club and another with his country. He has revolutionized – perhaps even perfected – the role of the goalkeeper who regularly turns into a libero. The years which followed were marked by repeated injuries and, when the form returned, performances not always constant.

It was said to be on the decline, which he has brilliantly denied by contributing greatly to the reunion between Bayern Munich and the UEFA Champions League trophy last August. This is the second time he has participated in the Club World Cup.

🔢 At the state

198 – C’e le name of clean sheets succeeded by Neuer in the Bundesliga. His 197th date last month, against Schalke, his former club. On this occasion, he broke the record set by fellow Bayern legend Oliver Kahn.

What he says

“It must be said that I have enormous confidence in the players who play in front of me. You can see that we have a great team on the pitch. That’s what allows me to never be afraid to do what I do. have to do in a game. On the contrary, it gives me courage and I always try to make the right decision. “

What others are saying

“He’s improving all the time. He’s like a red wine that matures year after year. He anticipates every strike and wherever it comes from, he makes his save. He’s the best goalkeeper in the world, I even think the best ever. We have always had very good goalkeepers in Germany. In Bayern we talk all the time about Sepp Maier or Oliver Kahn, but I think Manuel Neuer has set the bar even higher for what is the guard post. ” – Karl-Heinz Rummenigge


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