Bayern star bemoans Ballon bore
Lewandowski not impressed by ‘cabaret’ after lowly place in voting
Robert Lewandowski mocked the Ballon d’Or on Twitter after the Bayern Munich star finished 16th in the voting for the world’s best player.
The Poland international is one of the world’s most prolific strikers, scoring 42 goals for the Bundesliga champion in all competitions last season, and netting 19 times this term.
On Monday, Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo won the Ballon d’Or for the fourth time, with Barcelona’s Lionel Messi second and Antoine Griezmann of Atletico Madrid third.
Ronaldo capped a dream year when he won the Champions League for the second time in three seasons and then led Portugal, which was not among the pre-tournament favorites, to its first major title at Euro 2016.
But Lewandowski was not worthy even of the top 10, according to the 173 journalists from around the world who voted for the award, run by France Football magazine.
He mocked the award by posting on Twitter: “cabaret”, and then “@francefootball”, followed by pictures of smiley faces crying with laughter
His agent, Mail Barthel, later tweeted: “ballondor @fifa @francefootball Experts vote on this or patriots?”
Lewandowski was neither the highest ranked Bayern nor Bundesliga player, according to the voting.
Chile’s Arturo Vidal, tied for 14 th, was the best placed player for the Bavarian club, while Borussia Dortmund’s Gabon forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who ranked 11th, was the top Bundesliga representative.
On Tuesday, Bayern announced that Lewandowski had extended his contract until June 2021.
“I’m delighted that the discussions came to a positive outcome and that I’m staying attached to Bayern for another few years. Together we still have great aims,” said Lewandowsk.
He also wrote on Twitter: “This club gives me all I need to make my dreams come true. New challenges ahead of us!”
Bayern chairman KarlHeinz Rummenigge said the club was happy to secure the services of “one of the best central forwards in the world” on a long-term basis.
Lewandowski has 58 goals and set up 13 more in 77 German top-flight matches for Bayern since switching from Dortmund in 2014, winning two Bundesliga titles in the process.
The 28-year-old former Lech Poznan player is valued at around $60 million.
“He makes it look easy, he has brutally good qualities,” said Bayern teammate Thomas Muller, who often profits from playing just behind Lewandowski.
Meanwhile, Ronaldo had little time to celebrate his Ballon win on Tuesday as Real Madrid got down to business at the Club World Cup in Japan.
The 31-year-old was presented with an edible version of the golden globe and a plate of berries by captain Sergio Ramos before the team trained for Thursday’s semifinal match in Yokohama.
Ramos, who looks set to sit out the match with fatigue, posted a photo of himself and Ronaldo at the team’s hotel on Twitter with the message: “Congratulations, Cristiano. You deserve it.”
Ronaldo closed on rival Lionel Messi’s record five awards after a stunning year in which he helped Real become European champion for the 11th time and led Portugal to the European championship title.
But he was back to bossing teammates around on Tuesday as the Spanish giant — chasing a second world title in three years — limbered up for its test against Mexico’s Club America.
“We are doing a good job,” said Ramos, who has been instrumental in La Liga leader Real’s club-record 35-game unbeaten run.
“We’ve got a better understanding with each other and we’re on the same wavelength,” added the centerback, who has bagged late goals against Barcelona and Deportivo la Coruna in recent weeks.
“The team is reaping the benefits of that,” he told the FIFA website.
“We want a happy ending to what’s been a good year for us. We’d like to get (the title) back as we had to pass it on last year.”
Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane is missing Gareth Bale as the Welshman recovers from ankle surgery.
However, Zidane was boosted by the return of midfielder Toni Kroos from a broken metatarsal.