Betfair ambassador, Dimitar Berbatov thought it would be a good year for someone outside of Cristiano Ronaldo and Leo Messi to win ‘France Football’s award.

After this season’s Ballon d’Or was cancelled, Berbatov reflected on the fact that Sergio Ramos and Robert Lewandowski will miss out on the chance to win it for the first time ever.

On the Real Madrid central defender, he highlighted that he had a spectacular season and everyone knows that he’s one hell of a defender.

This season he has stood out scoring goals and he has led Real Madrid as an example of a captain. He assumes all responsibility, takes penalties in the crucial moments and has decided key games.”

Therefore, the Bulgarian says “it’s a shame that always midfielders or strikers win these types of prizes. Maybe this year would have been a good opportunity for a defender to win it.”

In fact, he remembered last year when Virgil Van Dijk missed out. Fabio Cannavaro was the last defender to win it.

“After 14 years, it’s never too late to change although competing in the era of Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo is not easy. It’s something similar to what happened to Van Dijk last year.”

On Lewandowski, he saw him as a very solid candidate compared to the usual men: “Messi and Cristiano would have been there again fighting for the prize.

But Lewandowski would have also been there and he deserves great recognition. He is in great form, but he doesn’t get as much media attention as Messi and Cristiano. And despite that, I think he’s right now one of the best in the world.”


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