Robert Lewandowski and Lucy Bronze named players of the year at the Best FIFA Football Awards

    Manchester City's Lucy Bronze was the first defender to win the women's prize, while Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski beat out Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo for the men's crown.

    (CNN)Robert Lewandowski and Lucy Bronze were respectively named the men's and women's player of the year at the Best FIFA Football Awards on Thursday.

    Bayern Munich striker Lewandowski saw off competition from Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo to be crowned the best men's player.
    The forward has been in frightening form over the last year, scoring 55 goals and firing Bayern Munich to an impressive treble last season.
      He was widely tipped to win the Ballon d'Or this year before it was scrapped amid the pandemic.
      Lewandowski has continued his form and, since the start of the 2019/20 season, he has scored 73 goals in 64 club games -- 22 more than any other men's player in Europe's top five leagues.
      "This award also belongs to my colleagues, the coach and Bayern Munich in general. It is an incredible feeling, a lot of emotions," he said.
      "If you win such an award and share that title with Messi and Ronaldo, that is unbelievable and it means so much to me. A long time ago, I remember I was longing for something like this and now I can win such an award."