One of Europe's best strikers, Robert Lewandowski, has stated that winning the Ballon d'Or would bring him immense joy after a brilliant two years in which he has scored consistently.
During the 2020/21 season, the 33-year-old took his game to a whole new level, scoring 41 goals in 29 Bundesliga games to break Gerd Muller's long-standing record for most goals in a single German top-flight season.
For Lewandowski, the 21/22 season has followed a similar pattern; he is now averaging a goal per game in the Bundesliga and has 13 goals in all competitions from just 10 games.
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Many people believed that the Pole would win the Ballon d'Or in 2020, only for France Football to announce that there will be no ceremony because of the Covid-19 pandemic's extraordinary circumstances and "lack of proper fair conditions."
This year, Lewandowski is one of the favorites, and he has stated that winning the accolade would mean a lot to him.
"The possibility of winning the Ballon d'Or means a lot to me, it makes me feel proud. If you consider all that I have achieved not only this year, but also last year, that the ceremony was canceled, I won many titles, I scored many goals," Lewandowski said, quoted by Marca.
"It would mean a lot to me to win it, to win the Champions League, Super Cup, the Club World Cup, I broke Gerd Müller's record of 41 goals in the Bundesliga, it was something impressive, it makes me feel very proud and happy.
"Everyone saw what I did and what I continue to do. My achievements can answer this question, because the last two years were a great achievement not only for me, but for every footballer in history.
Asked if fate owed the award to Lewandowski, he replied: "I don't really know, because it doesn't matter where I come from, because I have a chance of winning the Ballon d'Or.
"I have shown that it is not important where you come from, no matter how hard you work, to be there, I have shown that despite having had a difficult start in my career, you can be very successful and be at the top.
On his future...
"I'm not really thinking about that [where he'll play next season], we are just starting the season, we've only been there for two months, I have a two-year contract.
"We [Lewandowski and Haaland] are different players, he is a great young player, with a great future, he loves to play counter-attack, he has a very strong left foot with a lot of power. I am a forward of another type. Play together? I'm not the one to say that we couldn't play together."