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Robert Lewandowski finishes 3rd as Lionel Messi rumoured to win his 7th Ballon d'Or

Lewandowski is rumoured to have missed out on the 2021 Ballon d'Or
Lewandowski is rumoured to have missed out on the 2021 Ballon d'Or / Kristy Sparow/GettyImages

Robert Lewandowski has reportedly finished third in this year's Ballon d'Or rankings, with Lionel Messi scooping up his record seventh award.

The official results will be announced next Monday, but according to rumours, the Bayern Munich talisman is set to miss out on the coveted trophy once again.

Lewandowski was the favourite to win the award this year following his incredible achievement of breaking Gerd Muller's all-time tally of 40 goals in a single Bundesliga campaign. He has also gone on to score an incredible 25 goals in 19 games across all competitions already.

However, according to Spanish journalist Josep Pedrerol, Lewandowski has been edged out by Messi and Karim Benzema, who finishes second in the Ballon d'Or race.

Italian reporter Matte Moreno responded to speculation surrounding the award by writing: "Messi, his friends already know."

Lewandowski was quoted saying of the 2020 event: "I'd give the Ballon d'Or to myself. We've won everything there was to win and I was top scorer in every competition. Any other player in my position would receive it."

Speaking to MARCA, he said of this year's ceremony: "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."