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Bayern Munich manager Julian Nagelsmann makes bold claim on why Robert Lewandowski should win the Ballon d’Or

Bayern Munich, Robert Lewandowski, Julian Nagelsmann

The campaigning for the 2021 Ballon d’Or award is currently in the stretch run, with now Bayern Munich manager Julian Nagelsmann chiming in on why Robert Lewandowski should claim the coveted world football honor.

Lewandowski is being tabbed as one of the top favorites for the Ballon d’Or award this year. He has reached numerous feats with both Bayern Munich and the Poland national team over the calendar year, which include setting the record last season for the most goals scored in a single Bundesliga campaign.

With one month left until the award will be handed out, Lewandowski is deemed to be in a tightly-contested race with the likes of Paris Saint-Germain forward Lionel Messi and Chelsea midfielder Jorginho for this honor. And to not much of a surprise, Nagelsmann sees that Lewandowski should be the clear-cut favorite for this award, which he explained further to the German-based outlet Abendzeitung.

“He deserves the Ballon d’Or – and in my eyes, he has to win the award, because he has played so incredibly consistently over the last three years like basically nobody else,” Nagelsmann said.

Lewandowski also recently touched on his chances of claiming the Ballon d’Or this year for what would be the first such win of his career. When asked by Marca on whether he deserves to win the award, the Bundesliga star simply noted that his achievements “can answer this question.”

In the big picture, much has been speculated on just how much the 33-year-old has left in the tank at this stage in his career. He is still scoring at an astounding rate, as shown by his 13 goals recorded in all competitions so far this season.

Nagelsmann believes Lewandowski still can continue to prolong the prime days of his career because of his potent conditioning.

“If Robert Lewandowski’s body stays like this, it’s far from over,” Nagelsmann said. “He’s extremely dynamic, has no injuries, and can train a lot. I definitely think he can play at a top level for a few more years – not least because he does everything in his life to be in top shape.”

Bayern Munich will return to Bundesliga play on matchday eight against a Bayer Leverkusen side that currently sits at third place in the league standings.