Ballon D’or: Jurgen Klopp bemused that former Dortmund player missed out on winning the award

Chidalu Obiajulu

Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp has questioned what more his former Dortmund player, Robert Lewandowski could have done to win the Ballon d’Or, after the Bayern Munich striker missed out on the award.

It was a surprising shock that Lionel Messi scooped the accolade for the seventh time on Monday, which made many feel it was robbery and this should have been Lewandowski’s time to take the glory.

Klopp knows quite well that he benefited from the brilliance of Lewandowski when both men were at Borussia Dortmund, with the Poland international scoring 103 goals for him and the club before switching to Bayern.

It’s not a surprise anymore that at club level Robert Lewandowski has scored 53 goals in 2021, with six assists taking him to 59 goal involvements, the most in Europe’s top five leagues.

The Argentine captain and Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi is fifth with (32 goals, 12 assists) but helped Argentina to win the Copa America, thereby winning one of the few trophies that had eluded him.

This is the most likely thing that tipped him into winning the award, but since his switch to French capital, his form has deteriorated.

Asked initially whether he was surprised there were six players who ranked higher than Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah, Klopp said: “I was surprised to be honest, but it’s not in my hands. If you think he should be higher up, then you’ll have to convince your colleagues.”

Then the German turned his focus to Lewandowski, a player he once described as ‘the best he has ever coached’. Lewandowski was second to Messi for the coveted Ballon d’Or, which is voted for by journalists from across the world.

The Polish international last season scored 41 league goals in Bundesliga, breaking and overtaking GERD Muller’s record of most goals In a single season.

“I think that you always can give it to Lionel Messi for the career he has and the footballer he is, all these kinds of things, but if you don’t give it to Robert Lewandowski this time then it’s quite tricky to get it at all,” said the Liverpool boss.

“And yes, I know even Mo Salah should have gone high.”

It was quite known that the Polish and Bayern striker, Lewandowski was the front runner of last year’s (2020) Ballon d’or trophy, only for the organisers, France football to cancel it due to Covid19.

The Polish striker was in top form and was able to manage 57 goals involvements (45 goals, 12 assists) in 2020, which was 10 more than Cristiano Ronaldo (41 goals, 6 assists), who had the second-most in the elite leagues, and 12 ahead of Messi (26 goals, 19 assists).

Many football fans reacted on how frustrating and sad it was to see Robert Lewandowski robbed off his Ballon d’or trophy.