Robert Lewandowski explains what frustrates him the most about the Ballon d'Or

Robert Lewandowski

Football is a game full of debates, but one thing that cannot be questioned is Robert Lewandowski's status as one of the best strikers in Europe.

The deadly finisher scored 103 goals in 187 games for Borussia Dortmund and, since moving to rivals Bayern Munich, he's been even better.

A sensational tally of 122 goals in 158 matches so far has seen Lewandowski develop into a world-class centre-forward in addition to becoming Bayern's main man.


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If that wasn't enough, the Poland captain fired his country to next summer's World Cup with 16 goals in the qualifying campaign - a record for a European World Cup qualifier.

The Pole made the 30-man shortlist for the 2017 Ballon d'Or, but he's now revealed why it bears little importance to him, and what annoys him the most about the whole process.

Why the Ballon d'Or isn't important to Lewandowski

Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have won the last nine Ballon d'Or's between them, but despite being nominated for the upcoming award, Lewandowski clearly isn't too bothered.

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"I wouldn't say it was that important to me,” the Bayern striker told ESPN FC, via Goal. “Success at Bayern is more important, especially in the Champions League.

"If we reach the Champions League final and win the Bundesliga, we can speak again, but the Ballon d'Or is never my focus.”

What "shocks" Lewandowski about the Ballon d'Or

The 29-year-old star, who ranked 16th in the 2016 Ballon d'Or, also talked about what frustrates him about the prestigious award and why it's difficult for him to understand the final lists.

“I don't know why some players get 50th, 5th or 25th place," Lewandowski added. "Only the first three places are important. That is why last year I was a little bit... how should I say... shocked.


“Because if you play for Bayern Munich and are playing Champions League semi finals and scoring a lot of goals in the Bundesliga and you're second top scorer in the Champions League...

"I don't know what place I was (as mentioned, Lewandowski was 16th) but it was a little bit funny - maybe funny is the right word.”

Lewandowski, who certainly makes some very good points, has started the 2017-18 campaign on fire, with 12 goals in just 11 outings for defending German champions Bayern.


After the sacking of Carlo Ancelotti and reappointment of Jupp Heynckes, the Bavarian club will need "Lewangoalski" at his best if they are to close the current five-point gap to Dortmund.

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