Robert Lewandowski has admitted that his exploits with Bayern Munich deserve to be in contention for the Ballon d’Or this year and considers himself the favorite. The Pole also revealed that it was a great honor to be an award favorite in the era of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
Robert Lewandowski has established himself as one of the best forwards of the current generation after moving to Bayern Munich in a free transfer from Borussia Dortmund in 2014. The Polish international has defined one of the most trophy-laden times of the Bavarian club since his arrival, as he has helped the club win seven Bundesliga titles, three DFB-Pokal Cups, five DFL-Super Cups and a Champions League crown, among other trophies during his time at the club.
Not only that, the Polish striker had one of his best seasons with Bayern last season, scoring 48 goals in 40 appearances in all competitions. Many thought that Lewandowski would finally claim to be one of the best footballers of his generation when he was awarded the Ballon d’Or in 2020, but the award was canceled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. That hasn’t stopped the 33-year-old’s pursuit of the award this year, as he believes he is the front-runner for the prestigious honor.
“It is difficult for me to say how important matches will be for the national team in terms of the Ballon d’Or. I realize that any good performance can strengthen my position. I showed that I am a player who can think about this Ballon d’Or. It would be a great pride, a great honor. The mere fact of being among the favorites in the era of Leo Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, who were out of reach for so many years, fills me with pride and mobilization, “Lewandowski told Weszlo.
“I hope there is no more politics in all this and the votes will depend only on what the player in question has achieved last season. Or in the last two seasons, depending on how you interpret this year’s edition. Looking back over the last two years, the run-up has been pretty substantial for me. “
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