Robert Lewandowski deserves the Ballon d’Or, says Barcelona legend Carles Puyol, also praises Karim Benzema
Three-time Champions League winner Carles Puyol says Robert Lewandowski deserves to win the Ballon d’Or after his “incredible” displays at Bayern Munich. Lewandowski, who joined Barcelona in the summer, scored 50 goals in 46 appearances for the Bavarians in 2021/22, but faces stiff competition for the individual award from Real Madrid's Karim Benzema, who Puyol also praised.
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Puyol, while talking at the XAP charity padel tournament, was also asked about his former team-mate Lionel Messi and whether he could return to Barcelona.
Spain's defender Carles Puyol (L) vies for the ball with Poland´s Lewandowski during a WC2010 friendly football match against Poland at the Nueva Condomina stadium in Murcia, on June 8, 2010, ahead of the WC2010 FIFA World Cup held in South Africa.
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Messi’s contract at Paris Saint-Germain expires next summer and Puyol thinks the legendary Argentine’s decision will depend on what he wants in the final part of his career, as well as the thoughts of Barcelona boss Xavi.
“It’s not too late for a Messi return,” said Puyol. “He has one year left in his contract and many things can happen in that time. It depends on Xavi and Leo, but he will always be welcomed at Barca.”