Robert Lewandowski own the cancelled 2020 Ballon d'Or

Robert Lewandowski
Robert Lewandowski

When the France Football Magazine, the owners of the most prestigious football award in the world, Ballon d’Or announced that the award would not be held in 2020 for the first time in 64 years, most football fans across the world began to cry foul, saying that German Bundesliga striker, Robert Lewandowski, was robbed of the award this year.

Though the organisers of the award said they had to cancel it this year because the conditions for holding the award was not met due to the coronavirus pandemic, yet, the argument has been that no player in the world has been able to achieve as much as Robert Lewandowski has done for Bayern Munich in the 2019-2020 season.

In the last 12 years, the award has been about Barcelona football icon, Lionel Messi and Juventus talisman, Cristiano Ronaldo. Both players have been nominated for the award in a record 12 times and out of the 12 nominations, they have both won 11, six for Messi and 5 for Ronaldo.

So far this season, when you compare the performance of Messi and that of Ronaldo in their different clubs and leagues, they have not performed as good as Bayern Munich’s Lewandowski. For instance, so far this season, the 31-year-old Polish striker has scored 34 goals in 31 German Bundesliga appearances. He has also made 4 assists in the Bundesliga alone to set the record of scoring the highest number of goals in a single season as a foreigner in Germany and also won the league’s highest goal scorer award.

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In the UEFA Champions League this season, he has made just 6 appearances and has scored 11 goals so far. He has also made 2 assists. Bayern Munich is still very much in the race as they defeated Chelsea 0-3 in the first leg of the round of 16 at Stamford Bridge. They will host the Premier League club on August 8 for the second leg of the round.

Altogether this season, Lewandowski has scored 51 goals in all competitions in just 42 appearances and has also made 6 assists. His effort has helped Bayern Munich to win the German Bundesliga title for the 8th time and the 20th DFB-Pokal for the club.

In the other hand, the current holder of the Ballon d’Or, Lionel Messi has scored 30 goals in all competitions and has made 26 assists in 42 appearances. Despite his effort this season, he was not able to help his club to retain the Spanish La Liga title. The club lost the title to Real Madrid. Barcelona is also struggling to qualify for the quarter-final stage of the Champions League. They drew 1-1 away in the first leg of the round of 16 to Napoli and they will host the Italian club on August 8 for the second leg.

While in the case of Juventus’ Cristiano Ronaldo, he has scored 34 goals in all competitions this season and has made 7 assists in 42 appearances. His club is sitting on the number one spot on the league table and still have three matches to go before the season ends in Italy.

However, Juventus are struggling to qualify for the quarter-final stage of the UEFA Champions League. They lost 0-1 away to Lyon in the first leg of the round of 16 and they will host the French club on 7 August for the second leg.

Based on these, Robert Lewandowski has done enough to win his first Ballon d’Or this year. The farthest he has gone in the award was 4th behind Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar in 2015. Unfortunately for him, that opportunity has been taken away in 2020; his Ballon d'Or has been taken away, no thanks to the coronavirus pandemic.

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