Robert Lewandowski

Lewandowski knows who should win the Ballon d'Or - himself

Bayern's prolific striker won the treble with the Bavarian side this campaign including the Champions League

 
3:00pm on Saturday 29th August 2020
By
Martin Macdonald

Robert Lewandowski believes that he should be awarded the Ballon d'Or for his exploits this season, despite the award being postponed due to the pandemic.

The Pole has been in supreme form for Bayern, scoring 56 goals in 47 appearances to fire them to the Bundesliga, the DFB-Pokal, and the Champions League for a historic treble.

With Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo not as spectacular as in previous years, Lewandowski was believed to be a front runner for the award. That was, until the trophy organisers decided to postpone it for this season due to the way the season was fractured in Europe by the coronavirus pandemic.

If there was an award, Lewandowski is in no doubt as to who would win.

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“We won everything there was to be won. I was the top scorer in every competition. I think if a player has achieved that much, he should win the Ballon d'Or,” he told Onet.

The biggest result of Bayern's campaign was undoubtedly their 8-2 demolition of Barcelona, and although the scoreline went beyond everyone's expectations, Lewandowski was still confident of an emphatic win.

“Before the game, we knew we were going to beat Barca. Some even said it would be a 5-1 - but an 8-2 is something completely different. We were very confident," he revealed.

“Before the game against Barca, Serge Gnabry and Joshua Kimmich met me. They didn't ask whether we would win this game, but whether we would win the Champions League. I answered: ‘Yes.’”

Only one player in the past 12 years has won the Ballon d'Or that wasn't Messi or Ronaldo, and that was Luka Modric.

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