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Lionel Messi: Erling Haaland calls Robert Lewandowski the best player in the world, ahead of PSG superstar

Erling Haaland calls Robert Lewandowski the number 1 footballer in the world, despite his disappointment at the Ballon d’Or… with Lionel Messi and Karim Benzema ‘sharing second and third place’ in the top three of the Borussia Dortmund striker

  • Erling Haaland was asked to name his top three footballers in the world
  • The Borussia Dortmund striker chose Robert Lewandowski in first place
  • Lewandowski scored 69 goals in 59 appearances for Bayern Munich in 2021
  • Lionel Messi and Karim Benzema completed the top three of Haaland in joint second
  • Messi controversially tipped Lewandowski to last year’s Ballon d’Or



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Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland believes Robert Lewandowski is the best footballer in the world right now, with Karim Benzema and Lionel Messi rounding out his top three.

Lewandowski controversially missed out on last year’s Ballon d’Or award, despite scoring a sensational 69 goals in 59 appearances for Bayern Munich in 2021.

Instead, Barcelona legend and PSG superstar Lionel Messi, who scored 34 goals at club level, won the award for the seventh time, much to the frustration of fans around the world.

Borussia Dortmund top Erling Haaland believes Robert Lewandowski is the world's number 1

Borussia Dortmund top Erling Haaland believes Robert Lewandowski is the world’s number 1

And Haaland, the 21-year-old sensation who has scored 79 goals in 80 appearances for Dortmund, seems to suggest that Lewandowski should have picked up the gong.

In an interview with ESPN the Norwegian striker was asked to name his top three players in world football, and his Bayern counterpart pimped Messi and Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema to first place.

Haaland said, “That’s a good question. I think it was the last year, right?

“I think you have to say Lewandowski number one, and for me Benzema was great too, but Messi is also excellent.

Borussia Dortmund (left) identified its Bayern Munich rival as the best in the world

Borussia Dortmund (left) identified its Bayern Munich rival as the best in the world

Borussia Dortmund (left) identified its Bayern Munich rival as the best in the world

Lionel Messi in action for PSG in the 2021/22 season

Lionel Messi in action for PSG in the 2021/22 season

Karim Benzema in action for Real Madrid

Karim Benzema in action for Real Madrid

Haaland names Lionel Messi and Karim Benzema in ‘tied second and third place’

“So Benzema and Messi share second and third place.”

Lewandowski was also the prime candidate to win the Ballon d’Or in 2020, only because the Covid-19 pandemic forced event organizers to cancel the ceremony that year.

After accepting the 2021 award, Messi said: “I want to mention Robert Lewandowski, it was a real honor to compete with you.” Everyone knows it and we agree that you were the winner last year.

“I think France Football should award you your Ballon d’Or 2020 – you deserve it and you should have it at home.

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