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Former Ballon d'Or winner to give his award to Robert Lewandowski if he misses out this year

By Amreen
Suarez has pledged to give Lewandowski his Ballon d'Or award
Suarez has pledged to give Lewandowski his Ballon d'Or award / Boris Streubel/GettyImages

Ballon d'Or winner Luis Suarez has pledged to hand over his trophy to Robert Lewandowski if the latter does not win the award this year.

The Polish hitman has continued his stellar form from 2020, when he scored 55 goals as Bayern Munich won the treble, and was a favourite to lift the Ballon d'Or last year. However, the prestigious award was scrapped amid the coronavirus pandemic, although he did scoop the FIFA Best Men's Player of the Year award.

Lewandowski is once against a favourite to lift the award this year, and former Spanish footballer Suarez, who won the Ballon d'Or in 1960 ahead of Ferenc Puskas, has claimed he will give the 33-year-old his award if he doesn't win it.

Suarez told Carrusel Deportivo: "Give Lewandowski the Ballon d'Or, damn it! If not, I'll give you mine!"

When asked about his chances to win the Ballon d'Or this year, Lewandowski believes his "achievements speak for themselves".

Speaking to MARCA, he said: "The possibility of winning the Ballon d'Or means a lot to me, it makes me feel proud, if you look at everything I've achieved, not just this year, last year as well when they cancelled the ceremony, I've won a lot of titles, scored a lot of goals.

"It would mean a lot to me to win it, having won the Champions League, the Super Cup, the Club World Cup. Breaking Gerd Muller's record of 41 Bundesliga goals was also a big achievement, one which made me very proud and happy. Everyone can see what I have done and keep doing.

"My achievements speak for themselves because my last two years have been a big achievement, not just for me but for any player in history."

The 2021 Ballon d'Or winner will be announced on November 29 this year in Paris.