The 32-year-old has scored 55 times in 46 appearances this season to help fire the Bavarian outfit to the Champions League final and the success of the Bundesliga and DFB-Pokal.

Robert Lewandowski has performed sensationally for Bayern Munich

Robert Lewandowski is the only possible option to be named the best player in the world this year after his “sensational” performances for Bayern Munich, said former midfielder Friedhelm Funkel. The 32-year-old has scored 55 times in 46 appearances this season to help fire the Bavarian outfit to the Champions League final and the success of the Bundesliga and DFB-Pokal. The Ballon d’Or award has been canceled this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. While FIFA’s The Best awards ceremony, initially scheduled for September, has been pushed back to May. Despite this, ex-Eintracht Frankfurt and Hertha Berlin boss Funkel is convinced that Lewandowski is the best player on the planet this season, leaving Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi in his dust. “Yes, there are no two ways to this. Lewandowski’s performance in the Bundesliga, DFB-Pokal and the Champions League this season has been sensational,” he told reporters.

This year he was better than Ronaldo and Messi

“This year, there is no one who even came close to achieving what Lewandowski showed. He scored many, many goals, but also assisted a lot of goals. He also became an absolute team player, but that did not stop him from scoring goals. Lewandowski is destined to become a world player of the year. Ronaldo dropped out early from the Champions League, Messi dropped out early, Messi also did not become champion in Spain. There was no European Championship or World Cup, so the Champions League must come into focus, and Lewandowski is an outstanding player, the outstanding player. Lewandowski will go up against Brazilian star Neymar when Bayern face Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League final on Sunday. But even the PSG striker can’t come close to Lewandowski’s quality at the moment,” says Funkel.

“Neymar is also a world-class player. But this consistency, which Lewandowski has demonstrated in a whole year, cannot be seen in Neymar. He is also extraordinary – I would almost say – artist,” he added. “What worries me about Neymar, however, is it’s his drama. Once touched, he goes down and makes drama on the field to impress the referee and shout for fouls. It’s not the best English way. No other player does it like him. Lewandowski is completely different, which is not easy to tip over or allow yourself to kick or dive into provoking something. None of this is worthy of a world football star. That is why this year, there is only Lewandowski for me, and the reasons described, not Neymar.”