Robert Lewandowski, will the goal machine get the Ballon d’Or?

At 33, the Pole dominates all the scorers’ rankings: in the Champions League (8), in the Bundesliga (12 after 10 days) but also in all the major European leagues, ahead of Mohammed Salah in England (10), Karim Benzema and Ciro Immobile in Spain and Italy (9), Jonathan David in France (8).

“I never thought you could play so many games scoring so many goals and giving so many assists,” “Lewi” commented Tuesday night, player of the match trophy in hand. The German press no longer knows which superlative to use to describe his exploits: “Incredible!”, Enthuses Bild, “his appetite seems insatiable”, abounds Kicker.

His coach, Julian Nagelsmann, once again congratulated his serial scorer who, according to him, “is and will remain for a long time to come the best striker in the world”. Matthias Sammer, former Dortmund midfielder, Ballon d’Or 1996 and now consultant, even considered that he “is currently the most complete and the best player in the world”.

Better than the “Bomber”

Because what is striking with the Pole, best FIFA player and Golden Boot 2020, is his consistency at the highest level year after year: 40 goals scored in all competitions in 2018-2019, 55 the year after, 49 last year and already 22 this season (including a double in the German Supercup). Last season, with 41 goals in the Bundesliga, he even broke the record of 40 goals in one season, long considered unattainable, of “Bomber” Gerd Müller, glory of Bayern and FRG of the 1960s and 1970s. Against Benfica , the striker with impeccable hygiene of life, coached by his nutritionist companion, reached the 81 goals scored in 100 C1 matches, doing better than the “monsters” Messi and Ronaldo who had scored respectively “only” 77 and 64 goals at the same time of their career.

In the overall ranking of the best scorers in the history of the Champions League, the Pole is positioned just behind them (Messi 123 goals, Ronaldo 139, but having played many more games than the Pole’s 100) and ahead of Benzema (73 ). With Poland, the ratio is almost as impressive: 72 goals in 127 caps. Lewandowski is in direct competition with these three scorers to win the next Ballon d’Or, the supreme reward to which he aspires more than anything else now.

End of career at Bayern?

He had lived very badly to have been deprived of it in 2020, due to the pandemic, when he was coming out of a stratospheric season. He had been the great architect of Bayern’s historic journey, winner of all possible trophies, including Cup-Championship-C1 and Club World Cup. “Lewandowski deserves the Ballon d’Or for this season and for the season before. For everything he has done, he’s the one who deserves it,” his teammate Kingsley Coman told beIN Sports on Tuesday.

Pure perfectionist, “LewanGOALski” regularly performs additional training sessions, like at the end of September when he had gone through a “mini crisis”: two matches without scoring. He then recovered with a brace against Leverkusen (5-1). And Tuesday night, despite his hat-trick, he was not completely satisfied: “I don’t know if it was a perfect evening, because I missed a penalty”.

Arrived at Bayern in 2014, he ignored rumors in the German press of a possible arrival next summer of the Norwegian prodigy from Dortmund, Erling Haaland, who would thus follow the same path as his glorious elder.

If the Bavarian club, forced at one point to anticipate his succession, has clearly shown its interest in the Norwegian, 12 years his junior, he is considering extending the contract of his favorite striker who runs until 2023. A time interested in Real, Lewandowski now imagines ending his career in Bavaria.

“Of course Erling is a young player (…) and when you score so many goals, it’s normal that clubs are interested in you. For me, the most important thing is what I do on the pitch “, he swept.

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Robert Lewandowski, will the goal machine get the Ballon d’Or?