Former Liverpool and Real Madrid striker Michael Owen believes Robert Lewandowski is worthy of winning the 2021 Ballon d’Or award. Despite a stellar career, 33-year-old Lewandowski has yet to be crowned as the best player in the world. However, he has been named as one of the 30 candidates in this year’s shortlist alongside previous winners Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
“It’s exceptionally open this year. Of course, Messi and Ronaldo over the final decade or so have overwhelmed it. I would say Messi, out of the two of them, is likely ahead of the match this season for the grant, likely since of his misuses with Argentina and winning the trophy at an worldwide level..
With 6 Ballon d’Ors to his name, Messi is the competition’s record holder and the Paris St Germain forward is the favourite to pick up the award once again. With 40 goals and 14 assists, along with Copa America and Golden Boot trophies to his name, the Argentine has had another brilliant season, but Owen is backing Lewandowski.
“I thought Lewandowski was so unfortunate not to win it in the COVID year when it was, it was obviously suspended or cancelled that year, and I would probably go with him. There are other candidates, don’t get me wrong, Mo Salah’s had a great season, although he’s not won anything. Jorginho, on the other hand, for Chelsea, (has) won everything. But I’m not sure he’s potentially good enough to win it ahead of players like Lewandowski, and so I’d probably go with him. He’s won the Bundesliga again. His numbers are quite staggering. His goals in the last year. So I think I’d go for Lewandowski. It would be an absolute crime if he went through his career without winning. He’s a stunning player.”
Owen retired from football in 2013, and despite winning the English Premier League, two Golden Boot awards, the FA Cup and the UEFA Cup, the former striker says the Ballon d’Or is the trophy everyone wants to talk to him about:
“Put it this way, if someone walks into my house now, and they look in the trophy cabinet, the first thing they go to, ahead of the Premier League and FA Cups and anything else, the first thing they look at is the Ballon D’Or.