The ex-Herta Berlin boss Funkel has praised the performance of the Poland international, Robert Lewandowski as he is set to claim the Euro...
The ex-Herta Berlin boss Funkel has praised the performance of the Poland international, Robert Lewandowski as he is set to claim the European and domestic treble.
Robert Lewandowski remains the only option to have won the Balon d’Or tittle this year after his “sensational” performance for the German Budesliga 2019/2020 winners, says Friedhelm Funkel.
The Polish striker has netted 55 times in 46 appearances this season to help fire the Bavarian outfit to the Champions League final as well as Bundesliga and DFB-Pokal success.
Friedhelm Funkel is fully convinced that Lewandowski has been by far the best player this 2019/2020 season, gaping Juventus Cristiano Ronaldo and Barca’s skipper Lionel Messi.
“Yes, there are no two ways about it. Lewandowski’s performance in the Bundesliga, DFB-Pokal and Champions League this season has been sensational,” he told Sky Sport.
“There is no one this year who has even come close to achieving what Lewandowski has shown. He scored many, many goals, but also assisted a lot of goals. He has also become an absolute team player, but that hasn’t stopped him from scoring goals. Lewandowski is predestined to become the world player of the year.
“Ronaldo was eliminated early [from the Champions League], Messi was eliminated early, Messi also did not become a champion in Spain. There was no European Championship or World Cup, so the Champions League has to come into focus and Lewandowski is an outstanding player, the outstanding player.”
Lewandowski will play against the Brazilian star Neymar in the Champions League final on Sunday
But not even the PSG attacker can come close to Lewandowski’s quality at the moment, says Funkel.
“Neymar is also a world-class player. But this consistency, which Lewandowski has shown over a whole year, cannot be seen in Neymar. He’s also an extraordinary – I would almost say – artist,” he added.
“What bothers me about Neymar, however, are his dramatics. As soon as he is touched, he goes down, makes drama on the pitch to impress the referee, to shout for fouls. That’s not the fine English way, no other player does it like him.
“Lewandowski is completely different, who isn’t easily knocked over or let himself be kicked over or dives to provoke something. None of that is worthy of a world football star. That’s why there is really only Lewandowski for me this year and, for the reasons described, not Neymar.”