Lewandoski named best footballer, Mo Salah second, Messi third


Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski is the best football player and Juergen Klopp of Liverpool the best coach, according to a survey of German Bundesliga players conducted by sports magazine Kicker.

Kicker said in its last edition on Monday that Lewandowski had garnered 43.2% of the votes of the 234 players surveyed.

Mo Salah of Liverpool was far second with 20.5%, and Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi of Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) third.

Klopp was first on the coaching list with 34.6%.

He emerged victorious in front of his German compatriot Thomas Tuchel of Chelsea, winner of the 2020/2021 UEFA Champions League (24.8) and the Spaniard Pep Guardiola of Manchester City, champion of the English Premier League (EPL) 2020/2021.

Bundesliga players also ranked England’s top flight as the best league with a large majority of 67.9%.

Bayern Munich and Germany midfielder Joshua Kimmich meanwhile won the dubious honor of being voted the current season’s disappointment.

This result is likely linked to his stance on the coronavirus rather than his skills in the field.

Kimmich initially expressed doubts about the vaccination and has been sidelined since early November due to two periods of quarantine, coronavirus infection and related lung problems.

(dpa / NAN)


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