Joshua Kimmich has named three players who would have challenged Robert Lewandowski for this year’s Ballon d’Or had it gone ahead.
In light of the disruptions caused by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, France Football announced that they have decided against handing out the 2020 Ballon d’Or.
2020 is the first year the Ballon d’Or has been canceled since it was introduced in 1956.
Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski was considered to be in the pole position to win the prestigious award. Lewandowski scored a staggering 51 times in 43 appearances this season. Other than Bundesliga, he is also the top scorer in the Champions League.
Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne was another strong candidate. The midfielder has scored 15 goals and registered 22 assists in all competitions so far this season.
Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, as always, were also in contention to win their sixth and seventh Golden Ball respectively.
“Of course, like always, [Lionel] Messi and Cristiano [Ronaldo] would be in contention,” Joshua Kimmich told Goal.
“And for me, I think Kevin De Bruyne played an outstanding season, so maybe him.”