Robert Lewandowski sums up what we're all thinking about the Ballon d'Or rankings 5 years ago

Robert Lewandowski sums up what we're all thinking about the Ballon d'Or rankings

Robert Lewandowski is a man with a sense of humour, that much we know.

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He was laughing again after the results of the voting for this year's Ballon d'Or were announced, but we're not sure he was enjoying himself quite as much.

In addition to his 42 Bayern goals last season - including five in less than 10 minutes against Wolfsburg in the Bundesliga - he helped Poland qualify for Euro 2016 and led the line well as his country was unlucky to go out on penalties at the quarter-final stage.

Oh, and he already has 26 goals this season in as many games, including hat-tricks in three separate competitions.

So, while that might not have been enough to oust Cristiano Ronaldo from top spot and deny the Portuguese a fourth Ballon d'Or, surely he was close, right?

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Well, the term 'close' is relative, but the Polish star found himself down in 16th place.

He was below Jamie Vardy. Below Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Below Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

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Now, those three all had great seasons, while the performances of Pepe, Rui Patricio and Arturo Vidal at international tournaments all saw them leapfrog Lewandowski.

The Bayern Munich striker seemed befuddled.

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Of course, this opened him up to a lot of differing opinions.

But Lewandowski is right.

How can anyone take serious a ranking that considers Portugal's goalkeeper to be a better player than one of the best strikers in the world?