Despite not winning a single trophy and disappointing in Polish national team matches, this was probably the best season for Robert Lewandowski when it comes to individual performance. As a result, UEFA has listed the Polish striker among candidates in its annual Team of the Year poll, making him the first ever Polish player to be in the running.
Mr Lewandowski was listed among 12 forwards, although only two of them will make it into the Team of the Year. This will be a difficult task for Mr Lewandowski, as his opponents include Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic among others.
Mr Lewandowski is also on the shortlist of 23 players nominated for the FIFA Ballon d’Or, which is awarded to the best player in the world. He is not the first Pole to be nominated for it, however, as both Kazimierz Deyna and Zbigniew Boniek came in third in 1974 and 1982 respectively.
Fans can vote for the Team of the Year until January 9, while journalists, coaches and national team captains have already cast their votes and the winner will be announced in mid-January.
Although Mr Lewandowski’s chances to win the aforementioned distinctions are slim, it’s clear that he has achieved the status of global stardom. This makes his decision to leave his current club – Germany’s Borussia Dortmund – after the end of the current season even more exciting. He will surely receive offers from the biggest clubs in Europe. Currently most pundits link him with a move to Dortmud’s arch nemesis Bayern Munich. Mr Lewandowski will most likely announce his decision in January.
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