Lionel Messi and Virgil van Dijk are frontrunners in the race of Ballon d’Or, but fans are backing Robert Lewandowski.

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As the race for the coveted Ballon d’Or heats up, the likes of Lionel Messi and Virgil van Dijk sure have grabbed a majority of headlines, but a certain Robert Lewandowski has emerged as the ‘chosen-one’ for the fans on the back of his exceptional figures.

Let’s just get straight into the figures. Since the start of the 2019/20 Bundesliga season, the Polish striker has either scored or assisted in all but one of the 18 games he has played for Bayern Munich. As far the 2019 figures go, he has bagged 51 goals in 53 games. Talk about consistency!

On Wednesday, when his side hammered Red Star Belgrade 6-0 in the Champions League, the 31-year-old bagged four inside 14 minutes and became only the second player to have scored 4+ goals in a Champions League game on more than one occasion, along with Lionel Messi.

However impressive the stats may be, his chances of winning the Ballon d’Or are slim simply because Messi and van Dijk received plenty of publicity during the build-up, and the striker is well and truly aware of the fact.

"The question is whether this award is about being the best player or about playing in the most popular league. In my opinion, players from the Premier League and La Liga simply have an advantage in this regard,” he was quoted in a recent interview.

As things are right now, the race remains between the two, while last year’s winner, Cristiano Ronaldo is nowhere near close. Those on Twitter, however, seem to have made up their mind and simply want Lewandowski to lift the honour. This is how they are reacting:

Feature image courtesy: AFP / Andrej Isakovic