Though he’s widely regarded one of, if not the best striker on Earth, Robert Lewandowski has yet to win a Ballon d’Or. The Pole striker has recently suggested that playing for Barcelona may increase his chances of receiving the award.
For a long time, the Ballon d’Or conversation was reduced to Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. Every year, the possibilities revolved around the former stars of Barcelona and Real Madrid respectively. That left the likes of Robert Lewandowski out of contention, no matter how great they were that year.
However, in 2018 it looked like things might finally change as Luka Modric became the first player to end the Messi-Ronaldo era. However, the Argentinian star proved he wasn’t done yet by winning two more editions – although his latest achievement was by far the most controversial of his seven awards.
For many, Lewandowski deserved it more after being denied the chance to win the Ballon d’Or in 2020 when the pandemic canceled it. Still, the Pole feels that leaving Bayern for Barca could help him find more happiness in the future.
Playing for Barcelona increases Ballon d’Or chances, Lewandowski says
“Maybe Barcelona players have won it more often, but this trophy keeps me up at night,” Lewandowski told Przeglad Sportowym via Barca Universal. “My approach is that there is a shorter path to the Ballon d’Or from Barca than from Bayern. ”
Lewandowski has claimed on several occasions that the lack of a Ballon d’Or in his cabinet is not such a big deal for him, although he did seem quite upset when Messi was selected in 2021.
He later tried to clarify his comments about the Argentina winger – who publicly claimed Lewandowski already deserved to win the award – but Messi did not seem to take them well.
Either way, Lewy looks extremely happy to be joining Barcelona at this stage in his career. He may have already established himself as one of the world’s best strikers at Bayern, but the 34-year-old feels Barca is an ever bigger step in his already brilliant career.