Bayern Munich expressed their frustration regarding cancellation of Ballon d’Or.
Bayern Munich has enjoyed a terrific domestic campaign, making a strong comeback in the second half of the season to retain the Bundesliga title. They also retained the DFB Pokal under Hansi Flick by beating Bayer Leverkusen in the final.
Robert Lewandowski has been the biggest contributing factor behind Die Roten’s success. After the winter break, almost every player performed at optimum level to make sure that they remain unbeaten in the league during the second half of the season. However, Lewandowski’s goals when the team was struggling in Hinrunde helped the team to keep in contention for the title.
The Polish striker ended up with 34 goals in the league, most for a player across top five leagues in Europe. He also excelled in European games, delivering goods against the likes of Tottenham Hotspurs and Chelsea. Currently, the former Borussia Dortmund striker has 51 goals across all competitions.
Speaking to media (via Goal), Karl-Heinz Rummenigge openly criticised France Football for cancelling Ballon d’Or this year. The German club was confident that Lewandowski was leading the race this season due to his individual and team accolades. Rummenigge insisted that the club is completely upset by the decision taken by France Football.
“I believe Robert Lewandowski is playing a fantastic season and he performed maybe the best season in his career.”
“Unfortunately, France Football cancelled the Ballon d’Or, which we are not very happy [about]. In the end, it’s not very fair – not just for Bayern but also for Robert Lewandowski, who might have won.”
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Die Roten felt hard done by during their treble year when Lionel Messi pipped Franck Ribery for the award this season. The Argentine forward has not posted insane numbers this season like he usually does every year. Lewandowski has been by far the most productive number nine in Europe and his numbers deserve recognition at the bigger platform.
Rummenigge’s comments on Monday further showed that the relationship between the club and Lewandowski had improved drastically. The Polish striker was reportedly unhappy few seasons ago when the club was not defending him during his poor form in the Champions League. He was also looking to force a move away from the club in 2018.
Rekordmeister managed to hold on to their key man and strengthen the relationship with the player. Lewandowski penned a new deal and committed his future to the club. With more clarity, the Pole has taken his game to the next level, working tirelessly for the team along with scoring tons of goals.
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With Champions League looking a realistic trophy for Bayern this season, Lewandowski can further cement his position as the best player in Europe by winning the competition next month. Considering he is ageing like a fine wine, it will not be a surprise if Lewandowski remains in contention for Ballon d’Or next season.