Author: Tony MacDonald
Published: 11:39 12/10/2015
There seems to be no stopping man in form Robert Lewandowski at the moment and the deadly striker has emerged as a real contender to Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi for the 2015 FIFA Balon D'Or award.
Having amassed a creditable total of 25 goals from 49 matches in all competitions for Bayern Munich last season, Lewandowski alrerady has 16 from 11 appearances this term and has scored 9 times in just 6 games for Poland.
He hit the headlines on 22 September 2015 after scoring five goals against Wolfsburg in just nine minutes, setting a new record for the fastest 5 goals by a single player in any major European football league. He's now scored 15 goals in just 447 minutes of football over his last six games for club and country and is rated a 21/1 chance to be named Ballon D'Or Player of the Year with 10Bet, though other firms are being far more cautious and have trimmed his odds to 23/2.
Can Lewandowski End Dominance Of Messi & Ronaldo?
Since 2008, the Ballon D'Or (FIFA World Player of the Year up to 2009) has been dominated by two players, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. During that spell only Franck Ribéry in 2013 has come close to breaking into the top two with his 23.36% of votes only just short of the 24.72% held by Messi. It was the same year that Lewandowski made the shortlist after becoming the first player to score four goals in a Champions League semi-final as Borussia Dortmund defeated Spanish champions Real Madrid, but he was voted 13th.
Lionel Messi remains the 1/5 favourite with Sky Bet to win the award for the fourth time in his career, while Cristiano Ronaldo is rated an 8/1 shot with bwin. Messi's Barcelona temmates Neymar and Luis Suarez come in at 22/1 and 27/1 respectively, while Premier League stars Sergio Aguero (55/1) and Alexis Sanchez (66/1) look unlikely to threaten the principals.
Should Lewandowski maintain his current rate of scoring then his price is expected to shorten, but it remains to be seen whether he will be able to break the Messi-Ronaldo stranglehold on the award. He could though, finish best of the rest and a stand out price of 5/4 with Sky Bet in the Without Messi & Ronaldo market could be worth snapping up now.