Bayern chief: Ballon d'Or cancellation unfair on Lewandowski
‘It’s not very fair, we’re not very happy’: Bayern chief Karl-Heinz Rummenigge upset as Ballon d’Or cancellation denies 51-goal Robert Lewandowski the chance to be named world’s best player
- Lewandowski has scored 51 goals for Bayern in all competitions this season
- Polish striker would have been among the favourites to win the Ballon d’Or
- But France Football took the decision to cancel the award amid Covid-19 chaos
- Rummenigge believes that call is unfair on Lewandowski after excellent season
Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge believes Robert Lewandowski could have won this year’s Ballon d’Or and described the decision to cancel the award as ‘not very fair’.
The Polish striker scored 51 goals in all competitions during an outstanding season as he helped Bayern win a league and cup Double in Germany with aspirations to win the Champions League as well next month.
But his achievements didn’t receive some of the recognition they might have done after France Football magazine made the decision to cancel this year’s award because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Robert Lewandowski has potentially missed out on the Ballon d’Or this year after organisers France Football took the decision to cancel the prestigious accolade
Lewandowski scored 51 goals in all competitions during an outstanding season for Bayern
The disruption to every major European league in March – and the cancellation of some, including France’s Ligue 1 – led to a ‘lack of sufficient fair conditions’ to judge the Ballon d’Or winner, the organisers said.
And Rummenigge believes Lewandowski, 31, has every right to feel hard done by following his most prolific scoring season of his career.
‘I believe Robert Lewandowski is playing a fantastic season and he performed maybe the best season in his career,’ Rummenigge said.
‘Unfortunately, France Football cancelled the Ballon d’Or, which we are not very happy [about].
Bayern chairman Rummenigge says the award’s cancellation was ‘unfair’ on Lewandowski
Barcelona’s Lionel Messi won last year’s Ballon d’Or but it won’t be awarded this year
‘In the end, it’s not very fair – not just for Bayern but also for Robert Lewandowski, who might have won.
‘I believe it’s very important that in a season that, except the French league, were performed through to the end of the season, it has to be possible to give the Ballon d’Or to the best footballer in the world.
‘Of course, I believe, in those circumstances, Robert would have a good chance to win it for the first time in his career.’
Lewandowski was unstoppable at times as Bayern won a Bundesliga and German Cup Double
The highest Lewandowski has ever finished in the prestigious annual award is fourth in 2015.
Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk, plus the usual suspects Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, were also among the favourites to win the Ballon d’Or had it taken place.
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