Van Persie dismissed Messi and Ronaldo from the Golden Ball award

Former Arsenal and Man Utd striker Robin van Persie selected Robert Lewandowski as the number one candidate for the Golden Ball 2020 title.

Van Persie has been successful for many years in the Premier League

Van Persie’s choice has no room for Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo, two players who won a total of 11 of the last 12 titles. If this becomes true, the two superstars will be absent from the Top 3 for the first time since 2006.

In previous years, France Football magazine often published a list of candidates in November. The examiners voted to be prestigious sports journalists in each country.

Lewandowski, the striker of Bayern Munich, currently leads the number of goals in the 2019-2020 season: 52 goals in 43 matches. In particular, 34 goals in the Bundesliga, 11 goals in the Champions League and seven goals in the Cup tournament.

In addition to the two Bundesliga titles and the National Cup, Lewandowski also heads to the Champions League. The Polish striker is also leading two individual races: European Golden Shoes and Champions League top scorer.

De Bruyne, Man City midfielder, is outstanding with 11 goals and 18 assists. His team won the League Cup, competing for the FA Cup final and Champions League quarter-finals.

Mane is an important factor that helped Liverpool to win England for the first time in 30 years, with a record of 16 goals and seven assists. However, the Senegal striker no longer had the chance to win other titles. Liverpool was soon eliminated in the Cup competitions.

Messi is facing the risk of ending the 2019-2020 season with empty hands on the collective title. Barca were eliminated early in the King’s Cup, and four points behind Real in La Liga.

The owner of the Golden Ball 2019 only featured in personal performance: 22 goals and 19 times to clear the deck in La Liga. Meanwhile, Ronaldo owns 26 goals in 27 Serie A matches for Juventus. His team is likely to win Serie A, while still competing for tickets to the Champions League quarter-finals.