Robert Lewandowski says the Ballon d’Or is not his focus but that “anything is possible” when it comes to winning the award, while insisting that his best years are still ahead of him.
The Bayern Munich striker has never been in the top three for football’s most prestigious individual prize, his best record coming when he finished fourth in the standings in 2015.
The 31-year-old is likely to be in the running for the 2020 prize, though, having scored 45 goals in all competitions to put Bayern on the brink of another Bundesliga title.
Should Hansi Flick’s side also win the DFB-Pokal and Champions League this term, Lewandowski would be a strong candidate to become just the second player other than Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo to win the award since 2007.
“I was at the award ceremony last December,” Lewandowski told France Football.
“We’ll see. What I try to do is to always show the best of myself, win trophies and score more goals. But that’s something that comes with collective trophies. That’s the most important thing.
“I don’t even think about the Ballon d’Or, even if, in my life, I believe that anything is possible.
“I am not yet in the best period of my career. Soon (I’ll be). But all of these are just numbers. I am confident that the best moment of my career will come quickly. I know this is not my last contract. I want to play longer and stay in shape.
“I have all the time in front of me to think about the future, but I feel really good. I’m going to celebrate my 32th birthday next August, but that doesn’t mean that I feel this age.
“For me, it doesn’t matter in terms of everything I do, my involvement in and outside of football. What I want is not just staying on top for the next two or three years, I’m looking at the longer term.”