There are a lot of important appointments on the schedule in the global football world in the coming months. One of these will take place on Monday 17 October. After all, it will be announced who will succeed Lionel Messi on the honors list of the Golden Ball.
In any case, the seven-time winner will not succeed himself. Messi, like teammate Neymar, is not one of the 30 remaining nominees. But even if the Argentine was there, it would have been difficult to claim the ‘World Footballer of the Year’ trophy again. After all, the general expectation is that Karim Benzema will triumph this year after his glorious performance at Real Madrid. Not everyone is convinced of that, though.
FC Barcelona icon Carles Puyol, for example, thinks the coveted trophy should go to Robert Lewandowski this year. “He is one of the best strikers in the world and not just because of his goals,” the ex-defender told Mundo Deportivo. “I hope he wins the Golden Ball. He deserves that for all those good seasons he has had. If he can win that prize in the Barcelona shirt, that would also be a good signal.”
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In the past two editions, Lewandowski was also the big favorite. In 2020, however, the election was canceled due to the corona pandemic, so Messi got more votes last year. But in the current year, Benzema’s performance and statistics are just a bit more impressive. “Benzema and Lewandowski are the best strikers in the world right now. Benzema has taken Real Madrid on his shoulders since Cristiano Ronaldo left, but Lewandowski has also had fantastic years at Bayern Munich,” Puyol continues to support his preference.
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