Robert Lewandowski is hoping for a first Ballon d’Or and points to his remarkable achievements over the past two years.
Lewandowski was in incredible shape when Bayern Munich won a triple in 2019-20 but the award was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the 33-year-old has maintained his incredible standards and has been shortlisted for 30 for this year’s award.
Last season, the center forward Gerd Müller broke the longstanding Bundesliga record in a single season, scoring 41 goals in the league and seven more goals in all other club competitions, most of all players in the top 5 leagues in Europe.
Lewandowski has not given up this position this season, with his 13 goals in all competitions he stands out with 11 and 10 goals respectively over the second and third placed Erling Haaland and Karim Benzema.
The Polish captain thinks his amazing performance is a good argument for winning the award despite competition from players like Kylian Mbappe, Benzema and six-time winner Lionel Messi.
“The opportunity to win the Ballon d’Or means a lot to me, it makes me proud when you look at everything I have achieved, not only this year, but also last year when the ceremony was canceled I won a lot of titles , scored a lot of goals, ”said Lewandowski to Marca.
“It would mean a lot to me to win it after winning the Champions League, the Supercup, the Club World Cup. Break Gerd Müller’s record of  Bundesliga goals [in a single season] was also a great success that made me very proud and happy.
“Everyone can see what I’ve done and move on. My achievements speak for themselves because my last two years have been a huge success, not just for me but for every player in history.
Of his many successes in the last two years, the record of the revered goalscorer Müller is one of the most special for Lewandowski, who won the deceased Bayern legend on the last day of the Bundesliga season 2020/21 with a goal in the 90th minute in a 5th. exceeded -2 victory over Augsburg.
“I have to say I couldn’t sleep well [the night I broke Muller’s record]“, Lewandowski continued. “I remember the week before the game well, I heard that I was about to break the record. Until then, I hadn’t really realized how important it is to break it, not only for the Bundesliga but also for football history.
“On match day I thought it was mentally tough because everyone was talking”. I knew I was so close to making history that it was hard, but after scoring in the final seconds of the game, I said to myself, “This is like a Hollywood movie.”
“I was very proud of myself, of my team-mates, because they helped me a lot to break the record. To be honest, I still can’t really gauge the extent of it, but I know what it means for people, they remember this record was in place [nearly] 50 years. “