Reasons Robert Lewandowski deserves to win the 2021 Ballon d’Or.

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Reasons Robert Lewandowski deserves to win the 2021 Ballon d’Or.

It’s very difficult to get away from the fact that Lewy missed out in 2020 after the award was cancelled. He was in the midst of helping Bayern to a historic sextuple, having already won the Bundesliga, DFB Cup, UEFA Champions League, DFL Supercup and UEFA Supercup. The FIFA Club World Cup would follow in February.

And the striker also became the first person to win the continental treble while also being top scorer in each competition, with hauls of 34 goals from 31 Bundesliga games, six in five in the cup and 15 in 10 in the Champions League.

But the 2021 Ballon d’Or is supposed to be about what players have done over the last year. So, how about earning the Golden Boot as Europe’s top scorer in 2020/21, netting 41 goals – from only 29 games – in the Bundesliga and breaking Gerd Müller’s 49-year record?

Or scoring the most goals of any player in a European first division in the calendar year 2021?

Or the most by anyone since this season began?

Or the most in the world for club and country this year?

Or going on a run of 19 club appearances with a goal, a Bayern record?

Or let’s talk about more than goals. The 4-0 victory at Benfica means Lewandowski has become the first player ever to win 19 Champions League games in a row. He’s also only failed to score in three of those, netting 25 times in total including five in three this season.

When asked about being in contention for the Ballon d’Or, Lewandowski recognised what his inclusion meant, saying,

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🗣”it’s a dream to be here and try to win this trophy, because I know how difficult it is. Also for a guy not from a big country I mean a big footballing country with a great history but I’m there.”

Despite his remarkable achievements, Lewandowski remains humble and gave a nod to the teammates that have helped him get so far:

🗣”I have a good chance to win it, and I’m grateful that I can be up there. I think that my performances also in 2020 everything that we did, what I did with my teammates, is enough to be thinking about this.”

Bayern’s only European loss in the last two-and-a-bit seasons came when Lewandowski was injured itself a rare occurance. There’s an argument to say that they would’ve avoided that away-goals defeat to Paris Saint-Germain if he’d been fit, and the six-time European champions would’ve been favourites to defend their crown.

Lewandowski’s former Borussia Dortmund coach Jürgen Klopp recently commented on the fact that you seemingly need to win the biggest trophies to be awarded the Ballon d’Or. That puts someone like Jorginho Lewandowski’s successor as the UEFA Men’s Player of the Year as a frontrunner. But there are a few who would claim that he’s not even the best player in his Chelsea or Italy teams.

Lewandowski is the best player for his club and country. He’s Poland’s record scorer and has nine goals in 11 appearances this year, including three at UEFA Euro 2020.

🗣“I know what it means that I’ve come from a so-called smaller nation, where there aren’t so many players at the top level,” Lewandowski said when picking up the European Golden Shoe.

🗣“You’ve had to do some harder work than the players from bigger nations with greater national accomplishments.”

It is a rare feat for someone outside of one of the European or South American powerhouses to receive awards. George Weah in 1995 is the only winner not to come from one of those continents, while only Croatia’s Luka Modric in 2018 has managed to break Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi’s stranglehold on the Ballon d’Or since 2008. That duo made the idea of scoring 40+ goals a season look normal, but it isn’t.

Without those two, there would’ve been no debate about Lewandowski being one of the world’s best over the past few years. He finally received recognition of that last December when named the Best FIFA Men’s Player, but he will feel one more deserved accolade missing is the Ballon d’Or.
[Via: BUNDLESLIGA]

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