Joshua Kimmich has given the perfect answer when talking about not joining Bayern Munich teammate Robert Lewandowski on the Ballon d’Or shortlist.

The Ballon d’Or 30 man shortlist was announced last week and there’s been all sorts of opinions about who should be on it, and who should win the event.

Karim Benzema has been backed to win the award by Ronaldo Nazario, whilst Cristiano Ronaldo has ‘never deserved it more,’ according to Jorge Mendes, despite winning it five times before.

However both men are less fancied than Bayern’s Lewandowski to win it, who would have won last year had the award not been cancelled for the year due to Covid.

The striker is the only of his team on the list, and Kimmich agrees with the decision not to include him.

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“I’m not surprised,” the 26-year-old told Sport 1 following his excellent performance against Bayer Leverkusen on Sunday.

“I’m not that great individual player.”

 

Kimmich impressed against Leverkusen. Image: PA Images

Speaking about his role in the team, Kimmich added, “For me it is important that the team wins. I can only shine myself if we win.

“You’re always dependent on the team. I’m happy about a game like today and don’t worry about a shortlist.”

Lewandowski no doubt agrees that the team comes first but the striker is definitely deserving to be on the list considering his goal scoring in the past year.

The Poland striker broke a 49-year-old Bundesliga record last season, when he scored 41 goals in the league, beating Gerd Muller’s 40 from the 1971/72 season.

Lewandowski scored an audacious back heel on the weekend. Image: PA Images

Whilst Kimmich is fine with being left off the list, two players are extremely unhappy with the absence of Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy from the 30.

Gianluigi Donnarumma is the only keeper on their, despite Mendy becoming the first African goalkeeper to win the Champions League.

Sadio Mane and Kalidou Koulibaly have both revealed their anger at their Senegal teammate missing out on the top 30, and it’s tough to difficult with them.

Featured Image Credit: PA

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