“FIFA Award Matters More”: Robert Lewandowski Weighs His Award Victory Over Lionel Messi’s Ballon d’Or

Published 02/05/2022, 6:30 AM EST
Soccer Football – The Ballon d’Or Awards – Theatre du Chatelet, Paris, France – November 29, 2021 Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski with the Striker of the Year Trophy REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

The battle of being the best player in the world is one of the most intense ones fought in every single sport. It is easier to determine that in games where an individual player plays on his own, but it becomes increasingly difficult in soccer. Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski can attest to that.

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He has been in the form of his life for the past three years for club and country. The Polish international was almost certain of winning the Ballon d’Or for his performances in 2020, but the COVID-19 pandemic canceled the award ceremony altogether.

By the time 2021 rolled around, Lewandowski had kept his numbers up, but he hadn’t quite won everything as he did in 2020. As a result, the Ballon d’Or was controversially awarded to PSG forward, Lionel Messi, for his performances for FC Barcelona.

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Robert Lewandowski talks about the importance of the Ballon d’Or

The Bayern Munich star came second in the Ballon d’Or last season. However, he did win the best striker of the year award at the ceremony. Moreover, he also won the prestigious FIFA the Best award for being the best player in 2021. In a recent interview, Lewa talked about the two awards and revealed who he values more.

I’ve been thinking about these two awards lately: FIFA the Best and the Ballon d’Or. I’ve come to the conclusion that the FIFA award matters more. Only journalists votes in the latter, there’s no clear verification,” the striker said.

 

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Lewandowski and his stats for Bayern Munich this season

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The Bayern Munich striker has continued his amazing output in the 2021-22 season too. The forward has played 20 Bundesliga games this season, scoring an astonishing 23 goals and adding one assist to his tally.

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He has also been on top form in the UEFA Champions League too, scoring nine goals in six games this season. If he keeps on going like this, he’ll end up becoming the top scorer in the UCL this season. However, will that be enough for him to win the Ballon d’Or next season?

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Aniket Awasthi

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Aniket Awasthi is a soccer author at EssentiallySports. This STEM undergraduate combines an insatiable urge to write with his admiration for soccer to enhance his journalism. He lists charismatic names like Cristiano Ronaldo and Marcus Rashford as his favorite players, but he is a great admirer of Karim Benzema too.

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