Van Persie named his Ballon d’Or high three (Image: Soccrates/Getty Pictures)
Robin van Persie named the three gamers he believes deserves to be on the rostrum for the Ballon d’Or, and snubbed each Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
The previous Arsenal and Manchester United striker believes Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski ought to win soccer’s most coveted particular person prize.
Premier League duo Kevin De Bruyne and Sadio Mane, of Manchester Metropolis and Liverpool respectively, are the opposite gamers to make his high three.
Ought to Van Persie’s listing come to fruition, it might be the primary time since 2006 that neither Messi nor Ronaldo completed within the high three.
Since 2007 solely Luka Modric (2018) has received the award forward of the duo.
Lewandowski, De Bruyne and Mane have by no means completed inside the highest three.
Lewandowski has been in nice kind (Image: AFP by way of Getty)
Lewandowski has been in ridiculous kind this season.
The Bayern Munich striker has scored 52 objectives in 43 appearances in all competitions, serving to his facet to win the Bundesliga and the DFB-Pokal whereas they’re nonetheless in competition for the Champions League subsequent month.
He’s the highest scorer in European competitors, having scored 11 occasions in six Champions League matches, and nobody in Europe’s top-five leagues has matched his 34-goal tally.
De Bruyne has scored 11 occasions and supplied 18 assists within the Premier League this season.
His facet, Manchester Metropolis, have received the League Cup, are within the semi-finals of the FA Cup and nonetheless in competition for the Champions League.
Mane helped finish Liverpool’s 30-year title drought by scoring 16 occasions and offering seven assists whereas he received the Membership World Cup, however Jurgen Klopp’s males should not in competition for any extra trophies this season, having did not defend the Champions League and dropping in each home cup competitions.
Mane and De Bruyne make up Van Persie’s high three (Image: Getty)
Messi might find yourself trophyless, with Barcelona trailing Actual Madrid in La Liga, though he’ll hope to encourage his facet to Champions League victory. He has netted 22 objectives and supplied 19 assists in La Liga alone this season.
Ronaldo, in the meantime, will possible win Serie A with Juventus, having scored extra objectives for the membership in a single season than any participant in 60 years.
He has banged in 26 objectives in 27 Serie A matches and the Italian giants stay in competition to win the Champions League.
Whoever wins Europe’s high membership prize might take a large step forwards to profitable the Ballon d’Or, however Van Persie thinks Lewandowski is the person who ought to get his palms on the trophy.
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