Bayern Munich salvage the Bundesliga season under methodology on Friday towards Schalke as Robert Lewandowski bids to provide on one of many finest seasons ever.
The Pole made historic past as Bayern Munich received the Treble, and he received the Golden Boot in all three competitions, with a unprecedented 55 dreams in 47 video games.
It became once a season which lasted so lengthy that he started it as a 30-year-aged and became once 32 by the time it completed. Bayern’s Bundesliga campaign begins 26 days after their Champions League last accept over Paris St-Germain.
But he would possibly well well now not be winning the Ballon d’Or, soccer’s top person prize. Organisers France Football are now not awarding it for the necessary time since 1956 thanks to the coronavirus live, asserting there became once a “lack of a sufficiently level having fun with discipline”.
The ceremony for the Fifa Easiest Awards – that are a tiny much less prestigious – became once moreover cancelled, although Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge says Fifa will still be handing out an award to the sphere’s finest player.
“To accept the Ballon d’Or is a dream for every player,” he acknowledged. “I have every player who received what we received or scored so many dreams must still maybe accept this Ballon d’Or.”
It’d be hard to argue towards him.
Honest how real became once Lewandowski last season?
Lewandowski scored 16 dreams bigger than any assorted player in Europe’s top five leagues all over all competitions in 2019-20, as he became once top scorer in the Champions League, Bundesliga and German Cup.
His 55 dreams had been 18 bigger than Cristiano Ronaldo managed for Juventus and 24 bigger than Lionel Messi at Barcelona.
He scored a unprecedented 15 Champions League dreams in his first 9 video games this season (finest failing to attain in the last). Easiest Ronaldo (11 video games between June 2017 and April 2018) has ever scored in extra consecutive European Cup video games.
Ronaldo (17 in 2013-14 and 16 in 2015-16) is the correct man to attain extra dreams in a Champions League season.
Lewandowski’s season ended with a orderly sweep of necessary trophies and on a walk of 21 consecutive wins, with 55 dreams and 9 assists in 46 video games.
He scored a aim an moderate of once every 75 minutes – and had a hand in one every 64 minutes.
The 32-year-aged moreover led Poland to Euro 2020 (which has been delayed till next year), with four dreams and two assists in six qualifiers in 2019-20.
Nonetheless, he neglected out on the European Golden Shoe – for the tip league scorer in the continent – to Lazio’s Ciro Motionless. Lewandowski bagged 34 dreams in 31 league video games, with Motionless managing 36 in 37.
Lewandowski has been prolific since appealing to Germany and Borussia Dortmund in 2010 but 2019-20 became once by far and away his finest scoring season.
His four finest campaigns till now had been his outdated four, with shapely consistency bringing him 42, 43, 41 and 40 dreams.
Old Bayern Munich and England midfielder Owen Hargreaves says Lewandowski would “almost absolutely” devour received the Ballon d’Or this year.
Earlier than the Champions League last, he urged BBC Radio 5 Live: “Lewandowski has been fabulous for a real share of a decade but this year he has long gone up one other level. It appears merciless now to not devour the Ballon d’Or this year.”
How does Lewandowski compare to outdated winners?
Barcelona’s Lionel Messi has received six of the past 12 Ballons d’Or, with Ronaldo claiming five in the center of his time at Manchester United and Real Madrid, whereas Real’s Luka Modric received the assorted.
In finest two of those seasons has the winner scored bigger than Lewandowski’s 55 dreams (Messi’s 73 in 2011-12 and 58 in 2014-15).
It dilapidated to replace fingers most years – till Messi and Ronaldo’s 10-year dominance from 2008 to 2017.
That ended two years in the past with midfielder Modric winning after a Champions League last success and Croatia’s walk to the 2018 World Cup last.
Lewandowski’s potentialities of winning would devour been enhanced by the real fact he’s a striker – winners are often forwards or ingenious midfielders and, as a rule, accept the Champions League.
The last defender to accept became once Italy captain Fabio Cannavaro in 2006 after lifting the World Cup.
Since then, 9 of the 13 winners (successfully, four names – Kaka, Ronaldo, Messi and Modric) devour received the Champions League that season.
The exceptions devour been for prominent goalscoring campaigns at membership level – Messi’s 73 dreams in 2011-12 (with 91 dreams all over 2012), 47 in 2009-10 and 51 last season – and Ronaldo’s 55 in 2012-13.
The last Bundesliga player to accept became once Borussia Dortmund’s Matthias Sammer in 1996.