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Robert Lewandowski picks HIMSELF when asked to choose between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo

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‘I choose Lewandowski’: Bayern Munich star picks HIMSELF when asked to choose between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo as striker hints he should have won the Ballon d’Or this year after scoring 69 goals in 2021

  • Robert Lewandowski enjoyed another fine goalscoring year for club and country
  • Lewandowski scored 69 goals for Bayern Munich and Poland across 2021
  • The 33-year-old was overlooked for the Ballon d’Or though as Lionel Messi won it


Robert Lewandowski has intimated that he believes he is the best player in the world after being snubbed for the Ballon d’Or for a second-consecutive year.

Lewandowski has enjoyed another stunning 12 months for Bayern Munich and Poland – plundering 69 goals in total for club and country.

But despite the wonderful feat, which saw him win the Bundesliga and German Cup in 2021, the striker was overlooked for the coveted gong – which was controversially won by Lionel Messi for record-breaking seventh time.

Robert Lewandowski says he would pick himself when asked about the Messi-Ronaldo debate

Robert Lewandowski says he would pick himself when asked about the Messi-Ronaldo debate

Lionel Messi is regarded as one of the two best players in the world still

With Cristiano Ronaldo the other

Lionel Messi (left) and Cristiano Ronaldo are widely-regarded as the two best players still

During his illustrious career, Lewandowski has now seen Messi (seven times) and Cristiano Ronaldo (five times) be named the best footballer in the world.

But when asked who is better, Lewandowski was bullish in his assessment.

‘I choose Lewandowski,’ he said in an interview at the Expo Dubai.

When elaborating further on his views about this year’s Ballon d’Or, the 33-year-old highlighted his own achievements in 2021.

Lewandowski scored a staggering 69 goals for Bayern Munich (pictured) and Poland in 2021

Lewandowski scored a staggering 69 goals for Bayern Munich (pictured) and Poland in 2021

‘I’ve had so many questions about the Ballon d’Or,’ he admitted. ‘Last year they cancelled it, I couldn’t go, I won everything I could win.

‘This year I scored 69 goals in one season so you know…

‘I did everything that I could do, because in the Champions League against PSG I was injured, I couldn’t play.

‘But with my performance, with myself, if I stand in front of the mirror I can say to myself “you did everything that you can, you scored 69 goals, you won the German league and you can be proud of yourself”.

‘I respect other players because they are great players but I know that for me it’s important to be myself and think always positively.’

However, it was Messi who collected a record-breaking seventh Ballon d'Or in November

However, it was Messi who collected a record-breaking seventh Ballon d’Or in November

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