Robert Lewandowski has lifted the Torjägerkanone as the Bundesliga's top scorer five times in total. - © Oliver Hardt/Bundesliga/Bundesliga Collection via Getty Images
Robert Lewandowski has lifted the Torjägerkanone as the Bundesliga's top scorer five times in total. - © Oliver Hardt/Bundesliga/Bundesliga Collection via Getty Images
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"Robert Lewandowski should be world footballer of the year" - Jupp Heynckes

Former Bayern Munich coach Jupp Heynckes thinks Robert Lewandowski would be the clear winner of any world footballer of the year award, whilst also heaping praise on many of the Polish striker's treble-winning teammates.

France Football decided not to run their 2020 Ballon d'Or award with coronavirus having disrupted many footballing seasons around the world.

The Bundesliga was at the forefront of the game returning in 2020 with its comprehensive Hygiene Concept; and Lewandowski was once again at the top of the scoring charts, plundering 34 league goals to take home his third consecutive Torjägerkanone.

Watch: The DFL's Hygiene Concept

Indeed, the Poland captain finished as top scorer in the Bundesliga (34 goals), the DFB Cup (six) and the UEFA Champions League (15) as Bayern completed their first continental treble since 2013 under Hansi Flick - the coach who was only appointed last November.

"Not only was his goal rate world class, but also how he played for the team," Heynckes - who oversaw that 2013 success - explained. "If a world footballer of the year is elected there is only one player who deserves it in 2020: Robert Lewandowski."

Watch: All 34 of Lewandowski's Bundesliga goals in 2019/20

Heynckes also reserved special praise for Manuel Neuer and Thomas Müller - both among "the best players in history".

Lewandowski, Neuer and Müller will be back in action on Friday 18 September, when they kick off the defence of their Bundesliga crown at home to Schalke.