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Nagelsmann backing Lewandowski for Ballon d’Or

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One of the most prestigious awards in world football is up for grabs on Monday night. French football magazine France Football will award the 2021 Ballon d'Or in Paris, and FC Bayern's Robert Lewandowski is among the top favourites. After his record-breaking 41 goals in the Bundesliga last season, the 33-year-old is already up to 25 goals in 20 competitive appearances in the current campaign.

"No player deserves it more than Robert. As well as his hunger for goals, he has an incredible attitude towards the sport," said FCB coach Julian Nagelsmann on Saturday following the Bundesliga win at home to Arminia Bielefeld, adding: "When I see some of his Instagram pictures with his six-pack, I don't think he's sitting back. If he does sit back, he gets up again and does a sit-up." Nagelsmann will also be there in Paris supporting his striker. "I'll be in attendance, crossing my fingers for him. Hopefully we'll come back with the trophy."

He’s the best striker in the world. Nobody deserves it as much as he does.

Oliver Kahn

On Thursday, CEO Oliver Kahn singled out Lewandowski at the AGM. "He's the best striker in the world. I'll be going to the Ballon d'Or gala. I'd be deeply disappointed if he doesn't get the award. Nobody deserves it as much as he does."

The Best FIFA Men's Player 2020

Lewandowski already won the vote for The Best FIFA Men's Player 2020 in December. No Ballon d'Or was awarded last year due to coronavirus, so this year's honour in Paris on Monday would be the logical result of the Pole's outstanding performances. The whole club has its fingers crossed for its frontman.

Robert Lewandowski was recently recognised by Italian magazine Tuttosport: