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Is Robert Lewandowski a Ballon D’or candidate this year?

Robert Lewandowski joined Bayern Munich from rivals Borussia Dortmund on a free transfer in 2014. Many football fans and pundits have hailed it as the best transfer in the history of football, and his impact has been incredible and superb.

Since his debut in 2014, Lewandowski has made 294 appearances for the club in all competitions. He has scored 242 goals and provided 53 assists. The Poland international has won the Bundesliga top scorer award four out of his six seasons at Bayern Munich, and his latest one was just this season. Lewandowski made 43 appearances in all competitions for the Bayern Munich, scoring an astounding 52 goals and providing six assists just this season. Thirty-four of those goals came in the just-ended Bundesliga season, 11 in only seven UEFA Champions League showings, and 7 in the DFB-Pokal. Lewandowski holds the record of being the quickest foreign player to reach 100 goals in Bundesliga. In 2015, the Polish goal machine scored five goals in 9 minutes for Bayern Munich against Wolfsburg in Bundesliga, which is probably the fastest in any European football league. It often seems like Lewandowski’s quality goes unnoticed to the world because he plays in the German Bundesliga. Currently, the deadliest striker on the planet is 31, but he is aging like a fine wine in the German Bundesliga. After a three month hiatus, the race for the 2020 Ballon D’or heats up, with the likes of Messi, Mbappe, Ronaldo, Neymar, Van Dijk, Sadio Mane, and Kevin De Bruyne all fighting to earn the right to be named the best footballer on the planet. However, the Polish hitman has emerged as the chosen one for the fans on the back of his exceptional form for the German giants, and he is a man on a mission. A relentless, consistent, and proven goal scorer like Lewandowski has broken his past season’s records, and one likely achievement that could be on the card is winning the 2020 Ballon d’Or.

 

Why should Lewandowski win this year’s Ballon d’Or?

Robert Lewandowski’s numbers in the 2019-20 season were better than they have ever been. The prolific striker has just enjoyed his best-ever Bundesliga season, and his exploits are overwhelming. If there is a player capable of ending Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo’s stronghold on the world player of the year awards, it is the Bayern Munich hitman Lewandowski. Lewandowski has achieved a lot this season, winning two trophies, the Bundesliga title, and the DFB Pokal title.

Looking at the immense role he has played for the team this season, there is no doubt that he is gradually pushing up the ladder amongst the favorites to win the Ballon d’Or. His incredible goalscoring exploits last season provides some vital points needed to stake a claim in a coveted individual honor like Ballon d’Or. Lewandowski has shown a tremendous work rate throughout the campaign. He works tirelessly every game and helps in bringing other forwards into the game. Most importantly, his influence in big games has improved. In early November, he had registered a goal in all 15 Bundesliga and UEFA Champions League matches he played. Lewandowski doesn’t exist on penalties or purely home comforts.

Only six of his goals this season came from the spot, while 17 of them were decisive goals in Bayern’s matches. In the Bundesliga, his goal per 90 minutes was 1.02.

Lewandowski’s goal per 90 minutes ratio proves how lethal and how influential he is upfront. If goalscoring exploits are the criteria to win a Ballon d’Or, then Lewandowski should be favorite to win football’s most significant individual honor. If this isn’t the year he wins the Ballon d’Or, then there will never be another one for him.

 

What’s next?

Lewandowski’s best finish to date was fourth place in 2015 when he came in behind Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Neymar. The Ballon d’Or event will come on later this year, and it seems likely that Lionel Messi nor Cristiano Ronaldo will not be favorite to win the award. Lewandowski may well follow Luka Modric’s example and wrest the prestigious award from the two modern-day legends of the game. No Bundesliga player has won the Ballon d’Or for the past 24 years with the last person to do so is Matthias Sammer. If Lewandowski wins this year’s prestigious award, it will be great news for the Bundesliga. Lewandowski and his team are chasing their second-ever treble as they have one foot in the quarter-finals of the Champions League. If Lewandowski fires the goals to get them there, then he will steal the Ballon D’or award.

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