In conversation with GOAL and SPOX Jerome Boateng criticizes the award of the Ballon d’Or to Lionel Messi instead of Robert Lewandowski. In addition, the defender of Olympique Lyon talks about the Bundesliga hit between Borussia Dortmund and “his” FC Bayern. “If it’s just about choosing the best player in the world, it’s of course either Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo in terms of talent and quality. But when you go by titles and statistics, I think you have to evaluate it differently,” said Boateng on the from France Football awarded Ballon d’Or.
The 2014 world champion would have given his former Bayern teammate Lewandowski the award. “It’s a shame for Lewy because he definitely deserved it. It reminds me of 2013, when Franck (Ribery; Anm. d. Red.) didn’t get the award either. I’m very sorry for him, “says Boateng – and asks himself:” What else should Lewy do? Stand on your head and score a goal from the center line? “
Boateng on Lewandowski: “It won’t knock him down”
However, the central defender, who has been under contract with Olympique Lyon since this season, is certain that Lewandowski has not written off the Ballon d’Or win.
“It won’t knock him down, but it has certainly been a big disappointment for him. But: The way I got to know him, that will only motivate him. He will continue to attack, I’m sure. His statistics alone The season so far has been unbelievable, “enthuses Boateng about the Polish striker, who has scored 25 goals and made two assists after 20 appearances.
On Saturday from 6.30 p.m. Lewandowski can further increase his goal yield. Then FC Bayern will play the top game at Borussia Dortmund. The Munich team has not given up a point against BVB in any of the seven games.
Boateng on Haaland: “Already a world-class striker”
“I hope and am also in good spirits that it will stay that way and that Bayern will win again in Dortmund,” says Boateng, although he sees a threat to the FCB defense in BVB goalgetter Erling Haaland: “Haaland is already a world-class striker , but he’s still young and can still improve. Lewy is one step above him in terms of quality, but Haaland definitely has the quality and the opportunity to get to that level one day. “
Boateng himself still watches every game when time allows. “I’m still a big Bayern fan,” he says. The 33-year-old assesses the previous performance of the German record champions under Julian Nagelsmann as positive: “The season is going well, except for the end of the cup. You can also see the signature of the new coach. You continue to play attractive football and it’s fun, to watch. “
However: “In the end, FC Bayern is about winning as many titles as possible. Championship, cup – that’s clear anyway. But also the Champions League. I’m curious to see how the season goes and how the team is doing when it comes to the knockout phase. “
Boateng wore the FCB jersey for a total of ten years, played 363 competitive games and won 25 titles – including two triple.
In the exclusive interview with GOAL and SPOX speaks to Boateng about his departure from Munich and reveals what he has missed most since his move. He also comments on his new adventure in France and his comeback chances with the German national team.