This year the award of the Ballon d’Or was canceled – much to the displeasure of FC Bayern, as Robert Lewandowski would have had a good chance of winning the trophy this year. Karl-Heinz Rumenigge had even announced that he would again campaign for FIFA to award the Ballon d’Or despite the corona pandemic.
“Winning the Ballon d’Or is a dream that every player has,” said Bayern star Robert Lewandowski at a virtual press conference 90min. “Any player who has won what we have won, who has scored as many goals as me, should be in the race for the Ballon d’Or. In any case, I would like to thank all the fans who have stood behind me and are doing everything they can to get the Ballon d’Or back. “
As a reminder: Lewandowski had won the triple with FC Bayern last season, and the Pole had become the top scorer in all three competitions. 55 goals and 10 assists in 46 games speak for themselves, Lewandowski was an immensely important building block for Bayern on the way to the triple.
“The situation was the same for everyone,” said Lewandowksi 90min. “We worked hard even during the lockdown to prepare for the second part of the season.”
In fact, Lewandowski had different requirements than Neymar or Kylian Mbappé, who also won all national titles with their club PSG and only had to give up Bayern in the final in the Champions League. In contrast to the other top leagues, the French Ligue 1 was canceled in March.
But: It’s not for nothing that the football world has rarely agreed that Robert Lewandowski would have been the deserved winner of the Ballon d’Or this year. Mbappé and Neymar could hardly have held a candle to Lewandowski even if the game had been resumed in France.
Still, it does not look like the individual award will be given this year. A petition calling for the award to be awarded has not yet been successful either. Lewandowski can still hope to win an additional award in the best year of his career (so far).