Football: Lewandowski among candidates for Golden Ball

Robert Lewandowski, the Polish striker of FC Bayern Munich and Poland’s National team was officially invited to the gala of the The Golden Ball award given by “France Football” magazine.

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The Polish player scored a total of 27 goals in 20 matches of this season (Bundesliga, German Cup and UEFA Champions League). On Tuesday Lewandowski broke another record, in less than 15 minutes he netted four times in a match of FC Bayern against Serbian FK Crvena Zvezda.

Moreover, “Lewy” also scored four goals in recent matches of the Polish national team.

Marek Szkolnikowski, the head of the sports channel of the Polish public broadcaster TVP announced that Lewandowski was officially invited to the gala of the The Golden Ball which will take place on Monday and that the Polish player will be present there.

The winner of this trophy is chosen by the journalists from 180 countries. Good performance in the second part of the season placed Lewandowski among the favourites for the award, but experts say that most likely he will not win the Golden Ball.

Journalists and specialists indicated that the final duel for victory will be between Argentine star Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona and Dutch defender Virgil van Dijk, representing Liverpool FC.

Even though many specialists say that he is currently the best striker on Earth, Lewandowski is considered as a candidate for third-fourth position in The Golden Ball contest. Experts say that the facts that he plays “only” in German Bundesliga and his club was early knocked out from the UEFA Champions League in spring reduces chances of the Polish striker for the trophy.

Lewandowski was fourth in 2015, but a year later, when he finished 16th in this plebiscite, his reaction “le cabaret” on the result became viral on Polish social media.

Never before had a Polish player won The Golden Ball. Kazimierz Deyna, the legendary captain of Legia Warsaw and Polish national team was third in 1974 and Zbigniew Boniek, the incumbent head of the Polish Football Association and former player of Widzew Łódź, Juventus and AS Roma was also in third position eight years later.

In 2018, the winner was Croatian midfielder Luka Modrić, who lead his national team to a silver medal of FIFA World Cup and contributed to Real Madrid’s victory of the UEFA Champions League.

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