A few weeks before the Ballon d’Or award, Robert Lewandowski once again showed the world why he is still the favorite to win the only individual award missing from their showcases. Against Benfica (5-2), a team against which he completed a hundred games in the Champions League, he scored a hat-trick that places him with a total of eight goals at the top of a scorers’ ranking that he also leads in the Bundesliga again . In addition, he is already Bayern’s top scorer in Europe with 64 goals, two more than Torpedo Müller. At 33 years old, there is no one to stop him.
These are numbers that will be taken into account when awarding the Ballon d’Or. So should the 19/20 season, in which the award was not awarded due to the Pandemic and in which Lewy, in addition to winning the sextete, was proclaimed top scorer in both the Bundesliga and the Champions League and Pokal. The Pole did not stop in the 20/21, beating the historic 40 goals of the Torpedo in a Bundesliga season, and continues to his own in the 21/22. He has 81 goals in his 100 appearances in the top continental competition. Neither Messi (75) nor Cristiano (64) come close to the umpteenth record set by the Munich killer after one hundred games.
Nor is Lewandowski interested in having more talk about Haaland than about him. “I’m Lewandowski and I just look at myself. He is a young player, of course, but I am 12 more than him. I am in another moment of my life. It is normal that there are many teams interested in him when he scores so many goals. What matters to me is my performance, “Lewandowski explained. right after the game against Benfica about the rumors about a possible signing of the Norwegian striker by Bayern.
Lewy’s Bayern teammates, meanwhile, are clear about who the best striker in the world is, and thus who the next Ballon d’Or should be. Asked if Lewandowski should be awarded, the Bavarian winger Coman replied : “Yes, absolutely. Especially considering last season and what he has done, it is he who has to win the Ballon d’Or,” the Frenchman stressed. Julian Nagelsmann, coach of the Bundesliga champion, added: “100 games in the Champions League is an impressive number. Now he will aspire to 100 goals in the Champions League. I think it will. For me he is the best striker in the world, and he wants to continue being that for a long time. “
What he does not have left is long on his contract at the Allianz Arena. His association with Bayern expires in 2023, so the Munich bosses and Pini Zahavi, Lewandowski’s agent, will meet in spring to solve the future of the forward. At Bayern they are interested in retaining their star, yes, not under any condition. The German side are notorious for not offering contracts of more than one year to players over 30, something that Lewandowski obviously disagrees with. At the moment and despite his age, the striker does not stop proving that he continues to have a lot of goals, a virtue that continues to arouse interest among the greats of Europe. Especially if he ends up receiving the Ballon d’Or.
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