Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski has regretted his decision to vote Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo in the Fifa Ballon d’Or over his teammates Manuel Neuer and Bastian Schweinsteiger, but said the German goalkeeper would have been a better choice.
Neuer finished third in the running for the prize with 15.72 per cent of the votes, just 0.04 per cent behind Barcelona forward Lionel Messi, while 37.66 per cent picked Ronaldo.”Voting for Ronaldo instead of Neuer was a mistake,” Lewandowski was quoted as saying by goal.com on Tuesday.
“I would clearly vote for Neuer now if I had the chance. But I already cast my vote back in August or something. I would vote different now.
“I am sorry for Manuel. I am really surprised that he did not even come in second and the big gap to Ronaldo also baffles me. Manuel is an amazing goalkeeper and person.”
Neuer was one of four Bayern Munich players to make the top 10 of the award, with Arjen Robben (fourth), Thomas Muller (fifth), Philipp Lahm (sixth) all earning a spot.
“This is an unforgettable moment. I’m not going to stop here. I want to catch Messi,” Ronaldo said after receiving the award at a gala ceremony here Monday. Messi has won the award in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012. Ronaldo first won the trophy in 2008.
On winning the trophy twice in a row, he said, “I never thought I’d win such an important trophy, it’s such a unique experience. It brings up so many different emotions and I’ll use this award as motivation to continue working hard to win more individual and team honours”.
The 29-year-old also thanked his family and his football colleagues at Portugal club Real Madrid without whom, he said, he could never have made it this far.
“Thanks to everyone who voted for me, to my teammates, my coach, the president and everyone associated with Real Madrid. This is a dream come true for me,” the former Manchester United player said. “I’d also like to thank everyone who has helped make me a better player, my national team and everyone in Portugal”.