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    Making arguments for, and against, Robert Lewandowski’s Balon d’Or claims

    Lewandowski

    It should come as no surprise that in 2021, Lewandowski has been ripping defences to tears.

    You’d think that at 33 years old, the Pole would be slowing down. But, on the contrary, he’s only becoming stronger.

    He was instrumental in Bayern’s victory in the Bundesliga. He eclipsed Gerd Muller’s long-standing record of 40 goals in a single German top-flight season in May, scoring his 41st goal in the 90th minute of Bayern’s 5-2 win over Augsburg on the final day of the 2020/21 season. A performance made all the more impressive by the fact that he was out for the majority of April due to a ligament issue. Bayern would have finished sixth last season if it hadn’t been for those goals.

    The support for Lewandowski’s Ballon d’Or campaign is rising by the day, with many believing he was denied the trophy in 2020 when it was postponed due to the global epidemic.

    So, should he finally win the world’s most coveted individual prize for the first time? Let’s have a look at the pro and con points.

    For: Better than all the rest

    Nobody, not even close, can match Lewandowski’s production in 2021.

    Since the beginning of the year, the Polish striker has netted 48 goals in 35 Bundesliga and Champions League games, a rate of one per 62 minutes. His closest challenger among players in Europe’s top five leagues is Erling Haaland, who is 17 points behind him.

    The fact that Lewandowski is so far ahead of the pack is a testament to his ruthlessness. It’s also his most compelling case for winning the Ballon d’Or.

    Against: No UCL win or Euro 2020 success

    Although the Ballon d’Or is an individual honour, we all know how important silverware is in determining where it ends up.

    The lack of major awards on Lewandowski’s rap sheet in 2021 is a miss. Jorginho has won both the Premier League and the Euro 2020 with Chelsea and Italy, respectively. With France, Messi won the Copa America and Benzema won the Nations League.

    Poland, on the other hand, was eliminated from the Euros after failing to win a single match in the group stage, despite the fact that he scored three of the team’s four goals. Bayern was knocked out of the Champions League in the quarter-finals.

    This is, once again, unfair to Lewandowski. In total, he scored nine goals in those two tournaments. However, it’s difficult to come up with reasons why he shouldn’t win the Ballon d’Or this year.

    For: Because De Bruyne and Suarez said so

    Who better to ask who should win the biggest individual prize in football than the players themselves?

    “If I had to choose myself personally, I’m going to look at a two-year period, because we didn’t have anyone [last year],” Kevin De Bruyne said. “I’d choose Lewandowski for what he has done in the last two years goalscoring-wise, and also he’s won a lot with Bayern. He would be my pick.”

    Former Barcelona, Inter Milan and Spain striker Luis Suarez even promised to give Lewandowski the award he won back in 1960, should he be overlooked again.

    He told Spanish broadcaster Carrusel Deportivo: “Give Lewandowski the Ballon d’Or, damn it! If not, I’ll give you mine!”

    Pretty compelling arguments, don’t you think?

    Against: Lionel Messi’s Argentine narrative

    We probably wouldn’t be debating this subject in any other year. In terms of goal scoring, Lewandowski has been head and shoulders above every other player on the planet.

    This, however, is not an ordinary year. Lionel Messi finally broke his international duck this year. Argentina went all the way at the Copa America this summer, and the now-PSG star won the Best Player and Top Scorer trophies, ending his country’s 28-year wait for a major title. It was his first time playing for La Albiceleste.

    While Messi is 19 goals behind Lewandowski in league and Champions League goals this season, he did play in a far weaker Barcelona team for the majority of the season and still managed to win the Copa del Rey.

    “I think Leo will win Ballon d’Or for sure,” Gerard Pique said in October. “The parameters for this trophy are so distorted that people no longer know what we are valuing.

    “If we are valuing trophies, Jorginho should be the winner but if you value the best player in the world, Leo must be the winner.

    “If it’s valuing trophies plus performance plus figures… The winner is also Leo. Leo should have won more than seven times.”

    It’d irritate some to see Messi given the award again. But this is a narrative that may be too strong to hold back.

    “I can’t think of anyone else deserving the award like he does after he over the past years continuously delivered goals,” Bayern manager Julian Nagelsmann said of Lewandowski. “That is what makes him a special one. He is without any doubt the world’s best striker.”

    Nagelsmann is absolutely correct. Only three times in the last 11 seasons (including this one) has Lewandowski’s overall goal total dropped below 30. It’s never been lower than 24, and that number is from the current campaign, so we all know he’ll beat it.

    But the fact that he’s been doing this for so long begs a crucial question: how many more Ballon d’Or opportunities will Lewandowski get?

    Growing old entails more than just slowing down. As you go into your thirties, you lose a certain bit of mental and physical agility. Injuries, on the other hand, require a long time to heal. We’re not predicting that Lewandowski will be knocked out by a single punch or that he’ll tumble down a cliff in the next 18 months. But his time at the top is coming to an end.

    Aside from deserving it on the field all year, it would be a tragedy to let such an amazing legend of the game go unnoticed.

    How do Lewandowski’s stats compare to the other favourites?

    *Goals and assists are in Europe’s top five leagues, national cups and Uefa club competitions. 

    Player Goals Assists Club trophies International trophies
    Robert Lewandowski  50  5  2  0
    Lionel Messi  32  9  1  1
    Karim Benzema  32  12  0  1
    Mohamed Salah  31  8  0  0
    Jorginho  7  2  1  1
    Kylian Mbappe  36  18  1  1
    Bruno Fernandes  18  17  0  0
    Cristiano Ronaldo  29  6  0  1

     

    As previously said, Lewandowski has scored far more goals than the rest of the field this season, and he is the only player among the genuine Ballon d’Or contenders to win two club titles, one of which was the DFL-Supercup.

    Mbappe is his closest rival in terms of combined goals and assists, with 54, one fewer than Lewandowski. On 44, Benzema is a little further back.

    Jorginho’s goals and assists aren’t counted because he’s a holding midfielder, but he’s one of just three players on the list to have won championships for both club and country (alongside Messi and Mbappe).

    Some people would be irritated if Messi was granted the trophy again. But this is a compelling story that can’t be stifled.

    For: Due recognition

    “I can’t think of anyone else deserving the award like he does after he over the past years continuously delivered goals,” Bayern manager Julian Nagelsmann said of Lewandowski. “That is what makes him a special one. He is without any doubt the world’s best striker.”

    Nagelsmann is absolutely correct. Only three times in the last 11 seasons (including this one) has Lewandowski’s overall goal total dropped below 30. It’s never been lower than 24, and that number is from the current campaign, so we all know he’ll beat it.

    But the fact that he’s been doing this for so long begs a crucial question: how many more Ballon d’Or opportunities will Lewandowski get?

    Growing old entails more than just slowing down. As you go into your thirties, you lose a certain bit of mental and physical agility. Injuries, on the other hand, require a long time to heal. We’re not predicting that Lewandowski will be knocked out by a single punch or that he’ll tumble down a cliff in the next 18 months. But his time at the top is coming to an end.

    Aside from deserving it on the field all year, it would be a tragedy to let such an amazing legend of the game go unnoticed.

    How do Lewandowski’s stats compare to the other favourites?

    *Goals and assists are in Europe’s top five leagues, national cups and Uefa club competitions. 

    Player Goals Assists Club trophies International trophies
    Robert Lewandowski  50  5  2  0
    Lionel Messi  32  9  1  1
    Karim Benzema  32  12  0  1
    Mohamed Salah  31  8  0  0
    Jorginho  7  2  1  1
    Kylian Mbappe  36  18  1  1
    Bruno Fernandes  18  17  0  0
    Cristiano Ronaldo  29  6  0  1

     

    As mentioned, Lewandowski is leagues ahead of the chasing pack in terms of goals this year, while he’s the only player among the serious Ballon d’Or favourites to win two club trophies — though one was the DFL-Supercup.

    In terms of combined goals and assists, Kylian Mbappe is his nearest challenger with 54, one short of Lewandowski. Some way further back is Karim Benzema, on 44.

    Jorginho’s goals and assists cannot be taken into consideration given he’s a holding midfielder, but he’s one of just three players in the above list to win trophies with club and country (alongside Messi and Mbappe).

     

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    • #28730
      Chichi
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      this dude is world class…give him the award..

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    • #28735
      Bernard
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      i will vote for him anyday anytime for the Balon d’Or

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    • #28737
      Gentle
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      why are there any arguments, this man deserves this, please give it to him

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    • #28742
      John Adeleke
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      the fact that he didnt win International competition with his nation might just come back to haunt his chances

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