Bayern Munich forward Robert Lewandowski believes he would deserve the Ballon d’Or if the award had not been canceled by 2020.
France Football confirmed in July that the award would not be awarded due to the 2019-20 season disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
Lewandowski would almost certainly have been one of the favorites for the men’s trophy this year, having scored 55 goals in all competitions to propel Bayern to a hat-trick of Bundesliga, DFB-Pokal and Champions League titles for the second time.
The 32-year-old insists the Ballon d’Or was never on his mind this period, but believes it would have been a worthy winner.
“I didn’t think of that at all. I knew we still had the Champions League, then the Bundesliga was restarted after the short break, ”he told Onet and Przeglad Sportowy when asked for their opinion on the cancellation of the award.
“I knew my priorities. My focus was on the Champions League, not on possible individual awards. The decision to cancel the gala was made in the middle of the year and the Ballon d’Or was to be held in December. The deadline was too far away to occupy my mind. “
When asked which player he would have given the award to, he replied: “Myself. We won everything there was to win. I won the top scorer award in all competitions. I think a player who succeeds would win the Ballon d’Or. “
Bayern’s 1-0 win over Paris Saint-Germain saw Lewandowski win the Champions League for the first time in his career, something he admitted had been a childhood dream.
The Polish international was particularly emotional during post-match interviews, but said the moment that really touched him was when his wife sent him videos of family members reacting to the result.
“Until now, I was hiding emotions behind a thick shell, but the Champions League is the dream of every footballer and I have believed all my life that I could fulfill it,” he said.
“I was close many times, but something was missing, something was causing us to get knocked out early. Now that we had won it, there was a childish joy, something natural and spontaneous. I had no control over it.
“The most beautiful moment after the game was when I called my wife. He sent me videos of my loved ones crying with happiness. It was amazing. It is what I will remember most after many years. “
While he has no plans to retire anytime soon, one of Lewandowski’s remaining goals is to bring joy to Poland fans on the international stage.
“One of my dreams has come true and I feel enormous satisfaction,” he added. “Another is to make the fans of the national team proud of us. What exactly does that mean, I cannot answer myself. I can’t really describe it; I just want the fans to feel happy cheering for us. “