Liverpool and Bayern Munich both dominated the FIFA Best XI at their annual awards, with Reds boss Jurgen Klopp pipping Bayern manager Hansi Flick to the Men’s Coach of the Year award.
The former Borussia Dortmund boss picked up the best coach award for a second successive season, after guiding Liverpool to a first Premier League title and a first league title in 30 years following an incredibly dominant league campaign.
Such an impressive showing from the Reds saw Klopp claim the award, beating treble winner Flick as well as enigmatic Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa, the Argentine having guided his side back into the top-flight after a 16-year absence.
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) December 17, 2020
The night also saw another Premier League winner, with Tottenham forward Heung-Min Son claiming the famed Puskas award for his superb solo goal against Burnley last term. The South Korea international picked up the ball just outside his own penalty area, before driving past a multitude of opposition players and producing a calmly taken driven finish past ‘keeper Nick Pope.
The 28-year-old has been in scintillating form this season, bagging 11 league goals and four assists to help catapult Spurs into the title race and cement his status as one of the most explosive and consistent forwards in Europe.
The 𝗪𝗜𝗡𝗡𝗘𝗥 of the #Puskas Award 2020…
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) December 17, 2020
As well as individual accolades there was also a World XI selected that included the top performing talents in world football, with five Premier League players earning a spot – including four from title winners Liverpool as well as Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne – although Reds summer signing Thiago earned his place in the side for his efforts with Bayern during their remarkable 2019/20 campaign.
While Liverpool and Bayern players were, as expected, the dominant inclusions in the mouthwatering eleven, there was also unsurprisingly a spot for the usual, evergreen suspects of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
2020 FIFA FIFPro Men’s World XI: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Van Dijk, Ramos, Davies, Kimmich, De Bruyne, Thiago, Messi, Lewandowski, Ronaldo.