‘It would be a crime not to give him the Ballon d’Or award’ — Michael Owen delivers verdict on Jorginho, Messi and Lewandowski

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The likes of Lionel Messi, Jorginho and Robert Lewandowski have been tipped by many to win the Ballon d’Or award this year.

Messi won the Copa América with Argentina, while Jorginho won the Champions League and European Championship with Chelsea and Italy respectively. For Lewandowski, he won the Bundesliga with Bayern and also scored a stunning amount of goals.

Owen told Euronews: “It [2021 Ballon d’ Or] is very open this year. Of course, Messi and Ronaldo over the last decade or so have dominated it. I would say, Messi, out of the two of them, is probably ahead of the pair this season for the award, probably because of his exploits with Argentina and winning the trophy at an international level.

“I thought Lewandowski was so unfortunate not to win it in the COVID year when it was, it was obviously suspended or cancelled that year, and I would probably go with him. There are other candidates, don’t get me wrong, Mo Salah’s had a great season, although he’s not won anything. Jorginho, on the other hand, for Chelsea, [has] won everything. But I am not sure he’s potentially good enough to win it ahead of players like Lewandowski, and so I would probably go with him. He has won the Bundesliga again.

“His numbers are quite staggering. His goals in the last year. So I think I would go for Lewandowski. It would be an absolute crime if he went through his career without winning. He is a stunning player.”

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