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What does France Football have against Robert Lewandowski?

Instead of honoring the world’s best payer with the 2020 Ballon d’Or, France Football honored two long-retired Bayern legends in a Dream Team.

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Following the greatest season of Robert Lewandowski’s career where he was a shoe-in to win the 2020 Ballon d’Or, France Football decided to cancel the award for the year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It surely wasn’t because Cristiano Ronaldo and Leo Messi were so greatly overshadowed by Lewandowski, was it?

Now, after snubbing Lewandowski for his well-won award, France Football is rubbing it in the Bayern Munich striker’s face. Instead of coming to their senses and giving Lewandowski the award, France Football has decided that it was time to announce a “Ballon d’Or Dream Team” featuring mostly old, retired players.

Former Bayern players Franz Beckenbauer and Lothar Matthäus were named to the squad at centerback and central midfield, respectively. Congratulations to them, obviously, but who cares about this list when you’re deliberately snubbing Lewandowski?

Best XI

Goalkeeper: Lev Yashin

Defense: Cafu, Franz Beckenbauer, Paolo Maldini

Center Midfielders: Lothar Matthäus, Xavi

Attacking Midfielders: Pele, Diego Maradona

Strikers: Cristiano Ronaldo, Ronaldo, Leo Messi

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