For his contribution to Bayern Munich’s Treble-winning campaign, Robert Lewandowski said he should be awarded the coveted Ballon d’Or.
This year the Polish striker helped fire Bayern to trophies in the Bundesliga, German Cup, and Champions League and was the top goalscorer in all three competitions.
For the striker, who scored 55 times in just 47 games, including in every one of his Champions League appearances until the final, it was a blistering season.
Now Lewandowski says he would declare himself the winner if he owned the prestigious individual award, currently organized by France Football magazine.
We won everything that was to be won there. In every competition, I was the top scorer. If a player has accomplished so much, I think he can win the Ballon d’Or,’ he told the Polish outlet Onet.
France Football, for fear of devaluing the award given the lack of football played in the spring, has simply agreed not to hand out the best player award this year.
That means Lewandowski will have to wait another 12 months to try to take control of the award from Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo and build on his fourth position in 2015.
And the 32-year-old says he’s going nowhere: “I’ve felt support from Bayern in recent times, which has often been a little lacking before.” I believe in Project Bayern. Beyond 2023, I want to play at the highest level.’