RONALDO, LEWANDOWSKI TAKE BALLON D'OR LEAD

Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski and Juventus superstar Cristiano Ronaldo have both set their sights on the FIFA Ballon d'Or Award for 2021 after the two superstars started the year in terrific form. Cristiano Ronaldo and Robert Lewandowski were the top two at the FIFA Ballon d'Or Award for 2020, while Barcelona skipper Lionel Messi completed the top three. The FIFA Ballon d'Or Award recipient was Robert Lewandowski who helped Bayern Munich to five major trophies last year. The Polish international skipper was the main man as Bayern Munich won the treble last season. He was the topscorer for the Bavarian giants as they recovered from a bad start to win the German Bundesliga title, the Champions League trophy and the DFB Pokal.


Robert Lewandowski is the reigning FIFA Ballon d'Or Award recipient after his win last year and he's also the favourite to land the award this year ahead of the likes of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. Lewandowski and Ronaldo were able to lay down a marker with their respective performances in the first game of the new year. The two players netted a brace each in their first game of 2021, while rival for the FIFA Ballon d'Or Award Lionel Messi could only provide an assist for Barcelona in their 1-0 away win over lowly Huesca.

MULTIPLE BALLON D'OR WINNERS REVEALED

The FIFA Ballon d'Or Award is the pinnacle for any player as far as individual award is concerned in the footballing world and some past and present players have won it more than once. The FIFA Ballon d'Or Award was first revealed in 1956 when English football legend Sir Stanley Matthews won it while playing for Blackpool in the old first division in England.


Real Madrid legend Alfredo Di Stefano won the award in the following year (1957) and two years later, he became the first player to win the award more than once. He won the awards while he was on the payroll of Real Madrid. Since then, nine other players have won it more than once. The others include Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, Ronaldo, Marco Van Basten and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Lewandowski disappointed with lack of Ballon d’Or awards for 2020

Bayern Munich forward Robert Lewandowski says that he is disappointed with the decision to take Ballon d’Or awards for the 2020 campaign. The Polish striker feels that decision was taken too early and it is particularly disappointing to know that other major awards will continue to be given out. The 32-year-old has had a brilliant 2018-20 campaign, as he managed to plant at 34 goals in just 31 league matches. This is his best ever tally in the Bundesliga or any campaign. These goals were influential in helping Bayern Munich to a treble. In other competitions, Lewandowski was able to score 21 goals.


All these numbers would have made him an easy winner for the Ballon d’Or 2020 awards. As it stands, Lewandowski will not be able to pick up the same since it has been completely taken out of the question due to the pandemic stopping football around the globe for a few months. At 32, this was one of the few opportunities that Lewandowski has to pick up the ultimate award for an individual player. It is not a surprise that Lewandowski has been able to receive the UEFA Player of the Year title and other advantages. The Ballon d’Or has been dominated by Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo in the last decade, but both players have been on the wane recently.

TRENT CHOOSES BALLON D'OR WINNER

Liverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold has revealed the identity of his choice for the 2020 Ballon d'Or Award despite the fact that the award was postponed as a result of the Coronavirus Pandemic. France Football are the organisers of the award and they made the decision to cancel the award for the 2019/20 season.


The Ballon d'Or Award was cancelled because French Ligue 1 didn't complete the 2019/20 season because of Covid-19 and the decision was greeted with criticisms. Liverpool defender Trent is towing the same line as he believes it is unfair on key performers from last season especially Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski.

Paul Pogba is not world-class right now, claims former coach

Former Manchester United coach Rene Meulensteen has claimed that midfielder Paul Pogba cannot be considered a world-class at this moment. The French midfielder has been going through an up-and-down time Old Trafford since rejoining the club for a then world record fee of £ 89 million. He remains as the most expensive acquisition by United so far. However, his performances on the pitch have left a lot to be desired.

So far in his six Premier league appearances,Pogba has not assisted or created a goal. His only goal so far this season came in the League Cup.

Ferdinand believes Messi could quit Barcelona after Champions League debacle

Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand believes Lionel Messi could head for the exit door at Barcelona following the club’s embarrassing European display against Bayern Munich in Lisbon. The Catalan giants were expected to face a huge test in their Champions League quarter-final against Bayern and they miserably failed as they were thrashed 8-2 on the night.


With the 8-2 defeat, the Blaugrana have suffered their first trophyless season since 2008 and Ferdinand feels Messi may consider a fresh challenge away from the club, he told BT Sport: “What is Messi thinking going home tonight? Does he want to spend his time left in that shirt given the performances and the way the squad is looking at the moment in comparison to other teams around Europe. Has he got the time to sit there and wait? Football is a game that comes and goes very quickly in your life so these next two years where he's still going to have the power to influence games the way he does, is he going to want to be doing that but not competing for the big titles?”

Pandemic forces Ballon d'Or to be cancelled for the first time

France Football has stunned everyone with the announcement that the Ballon d'Or award stands cancelled for the current campaign. This would mean that the award is being cancelled for the first time since 1956. Even though football has resumed in different parts of the world, it is far from normal and many countries are still suffering from an inability to compete on the pitch. At this juncture, Group L'Equipe, who organised the awards, have decided to cancel this top prize for individual honours.

Rivaldo expects this Manchester City star to win Ballon d'Or

Former Barcelona and Brazil great Rivaldo has claimed that Manchester City midfielderKevin De Bruyne has the potential to compete for the next Ballon d'Or awards. The Belgian midfielder has been a standout player for Manchester City this season, as he has contributed 22 assists and 13 goals in just 45 games. The comments from Rivaldo come at a time when the Ballon d'Or award has been cancelled for the 2020 campaign due to the coronavirus pandemic.

De Bruyne has made a major impact since joining Manchester City in a £54 million deal back in 2015. His statistics for City have been impressive throughout his time. In his first season with the club, he managed to get 16 goals in just 41 games. His next best campaign was in 2017-18 when he came up with two goals in 52 games. However, he has had an all-round impact this season by scoring and assisting goals.

Kaka explains how Neymar can win the Ballon d’Or

Brazilian legend Kaka believes Neymar will need to guide Paris Saint-Germain to Champions League success in order to put himself in the reckoning for the Ballon d’Or. The Brazil international is regarded as one of the best players in the world and he had made the switch to Les Parisiens three years ago with the view to winning the prestigious accolade.

That has not been the case over the past couple of seasons where he has spent an extended period of time on the sidelines through injury and during that period, Kylian Mbappe has evolved into the main man for the French champions. Still, Kaka believes his compatriot has a chance of winning the Ballon d’Or, should he contribute substantially en route to the club winning their maiden Champions League crown.

Robert Lewandowski not concerned about the Ballon d’Or

Bayern Munich superstar Robert Lewandowski has said that he is not concerned about the Ballon d’Or. The Poland international has been in superb form for the Bavarian giants in all competitions this term and he recently netted his 44th and 45th goals of the season against Eintracht Frankfurt as the club reached the final of the DFB Pokal Cup.

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