Lewandowski chooses himself as he snubs Lionel Messi vs Cristiano Ronaldo debate
Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski opted for himself when asked to choose between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
Lewandowski has scored a remarkable 69 times for Bayern and Poland over the course of the last 12 months, including 30 goals in just 25 games in all competitions this season.
But Lewandowski’s fantastic performances over the past year were not enough to earn him the prestigious 2021 Ballon d’Or award.
Instead, Lionel Messi won the accolade for a record seventh time, while Lewandowski was forced to settle for second place.
Messi is now two clear of Manchester United forward Cristiano Ronaldo – who currently has five awards to his name.
However, when asked to give his opinion on who he thinks is the better player between Messi and Ronaldo, the prolific forward opted for himself.
“I choose Lewandowski,” he said in an interview at the Expo Dubai.
'I've had so many questions about the Ballon d'Or,” said Lewandowski. “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.
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“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.”
Lewandowski's Bayern are cruising once again at the top of the Bundesliga as they bid to win their tenth title in a row.
Julian Nagelsmann's side are seven points clear of second placed Borussia Dortmund at the top of the table at the halfway point in the league season.
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