Robert Lewandowski won the award for best player in the world in the 2019/20 season yesterday and became only the second athlete other than Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo to win a FIFA election in the last 12 years. At 32, it is unlikely that the Pole will henceforth build a hegemony similar to that of the Argentine and the Portuguese, who are also in their thirties and should not remain competitive for that long.
This is great news for other names in the top echelon of world football who are in line to win "The Best"
NEYMAR 28-year-old attacker Brazilian Paris Saint-Germain (FRA)
Treated since the beginning of his career as a kind of natural successor to Messi and CR7, the Brazilian is already in his 30s and has not yet achieved his first victory in the best of the world award. The most expensive player in football history has already taken the podium of the FIFA election on two occasions (2015 and 2017), but always in the third position and behind the two biggest stars of the century. Even though he is no longer a boy with his entire career ahead of him, PSG shirt 10 is still the best opportunity in Brazil to end a fast that has lasted 13 years in the world’s premier prizes - the last victory was by Kaká, back in 2007.
KEVIN DE BRUYNE 29-year-old Belgian Manchester City (UK)
For many people, the midfielder should have been one of the finalists in this year's award due to football played by Manchester City. Protagonist of the "great Belgian generation", De Bruyne has already been chosen as the star of the German (2015) and English (2020) championships, in addition to being in second place in the election of best player in Europe last season. To go one step further and join the fight for "The Best", shirt 17 will probably have to make history and give Citizens the first Champions League title or lead the Belgian national team to the Euro-2021 or World Cup. World of Qatar-2022.
KYLIAN MBAPPÉ 21-year-old French striker Paris Saint-Germain (FRA)
At 19, he led Monaco to a Champions League semifinal, was a world champion with the French team, became the most expensive teenager in football history and created the certainty that he will be a future winner of the best prize in the world . But since then, Mbappé has evolved very little. The football presented today by the shirt 7 is not very different that of two years ago, something not very positive for someone so young and, in theory, it would have to be growing every day. Even so, his first nomination for "The Best" has not yet arrived.
ERLING HAALAND Norwegian forward 20 years old Borussia Dortmund (ALE)
It is the name of fashion in world football. Last season, his first in the Champions League, he scored ten times and was the competition's top scorer. In this one, he is doing even better: he has already put six balls in the net and occupies the first place in the scoring table. Borussia Dortmund's center forward should also reach the 100th goal of his career as a professional before Messi, CR7, Mbappé, Neymar and Lewandowski, a statement that we are seeing the awakening of a star in the art of finishing plays. For that reason, Haaland should not stay for long at Dortmund or off the shortlist of the best player in the world.
SADIO MANÉ 28-year-old forward Senegalese Liverpool (ING)
Two players the current Liverpool squad have already been finalists in the election for the best in the world: Dutch defender Virgil van Dijk and Egyptian striker Mohamed Salah. But, among the Reds' main stars, no one is more consistent than Sadio Mané. If he hits a correct season, with growth in performance and titles raised by his team, the Senegalese can indeed compete for The Best and become only the second African player to be awarded the position of top star on the planet - in 1995, the Liberian George Weah (Milan) was the first and only athlete on the continent to take the trophy.