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Man Utd favourite Dimitar Berbatov says Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo ‘don’t deserve’ to win Fifa awards this year


DIMITAR BERBATOV has stated Robert Lewandowski deserves to win the Best Fifa Men’s Player award ahead of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

The trio are on the three-man shortlist for the trophy that will be presented to the winner on December 17.

Dimitar Berbatov believes Robert Lewandowski has been the best player in 2020

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Dimitar Berbatov believes Robert Lewandowski has been the best player in 2020Credit: Reuters
Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have also been nominated for the Best Fifa Men's Player award

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Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have also been nominated for the Best Fifa Men’s Player awardCredit: Getty Images – Getty

Lewandowski, 32, is the favourite to win the award following his spectacular 2019-20 season where he helped Bayern Munich win a historic treble.

He scored 55 goals in just 47 games for the Bavarian outfit last term, and he has already found the back of the net 18 times in 17 fixtures this campaign.

Barcelona ace Messi, 33, failed to win any piece of silverware last season as his side were thrashed 8-2 by Bayern in the Champions League semi-final.

Meanwhile Juventus star Ronaldo, 35, couldn’t help the Old Lady advance past the last-16 stages of the Europe’s premier competition.

And former Manchester United and Tottenham striker Berbatov believes the Poland international has to be named as the Fifa Best Player.

The 39-year-old told Betfair that Messi and Ronaldo shouldn’t even be in the running as he stated Lewandowski was robbed of winning the Ballon d’Or after it was cancelled.

He said: “I’m surprised Ronaldo and Messi are among finalists for the Fifa Best award as I’m not sure they deserved to be there.

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“I think they should give it to Robert Lewandowski. I think he deserves it. I’m not that sure who else should be there. People will always argue and speculate about who should be there.

Dimitar Berbatov believes Lewandowski should have won the Ballon d'Or this year

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Dimitar Berbatov believes Lewandowski should have won the Ballon d’Or this yearCredit: Getty – Contributor
The best players of 2020, according to quantitative analysis from Carteret
The best players of 2020, according to quantitative analysis from Carteret

“It is these three players and I think Lewandowski deserves to get the award. It would be unfair if he didn’t win it.

“I think it was unfair the Golden Ball didn’t happen this year as he was my favourite and a lot of people’s favourite. I think he should have got that award and hopefully this will be compensation.

“Sometimes unfortunately football is business and behind the curtains and the PR/Agents work way more away the camera from what you see.

“For me, Lewandowski is up there with the best strikers in modern football.

“This is a subject where nobody can agree on one player as in my opinion you cannot compare players from different times.

“(Harry) Kane, Messi, Ronaldo, Aguero who have been scoring goals for many years are among the best.

“There are others, but with Lewandowski the way he plays the game and moves around the pitch, he should be in my three top strikers; he is great.”

For more from Betfair Ambassador, Dimitar Berbatov, head to www.betfair.com/berbatov/

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