2020 needs no introduction. It has been a year that literally screwed over everyone. CoVid 19 has not left a single stone unturned. Even the most covenant individual sports award in existence was not safe; the Balon d’Oro.
Every soccer fan in knows that the very best in the world barely scratch the surface as candidates to win the prestigious award. Always at the frontline are Barcelona’s Messi and Juve’s Ronaldo. But this time around, one individual out shone the rest. Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski was a goal scoring machine and highlight reel, during the 2019-2020 Bundesliga season.
Balon d’Oro Year
The former Borussia Dortmund striker joined bitter rival Bayern Munich, in 2014 and has never looked back. You can’t argue otherwise, with six consecutive Bundesliga titles, you’d say that’s the best decision of Lewandowski’s life.
For three straight years, Lewandowski was Bundesliga’s topscorer: 29 in 2017, 22 in 2018, and 34 in 2019.
Heading into the 2019-2020 season, Lewandoski hinted at breaking various records. Everything started off according to plan. Lewandoski became the first player to score in each of the first elven games of a season (15 goals). On top of that, he also became the first person to score eleven consecutive goals. In addition, he scored on 16 of Bayern’s 17 opponents; tying legends Gerd Muller and Ailton da Silva.
Lewandoski scored in Bayern’s final match of the season, against VfL Wolfsburg on June 27. Later in the DFB-Pokal final against Bayer Leverkusen. As of right now, Lewandoski is the top scorer in the 2019-2020 UEFA Champions League.
The numbers don’t lie. Messi with Barcelona and Ronaldo with Juve put up great numbers, but nothing similar to what you saw with Bayern Munich’s star.
It’s an obsolete shame that Lewandowski’s Balon d’Oro performance will be remembered as an honorable mention or a “what if” or “could have”. Is it possible for Lewandoski to put this performance again?