Robert Lewandowski earned the Gerd Müller Trophy with 57 goals for club and country last season and is not looking to shy away from Erling Haaland’s challenge in the 2022-23 campaign.
Lewandowski was awarded France Football’s best scorer in world football for the second year in a row on Monday before Karim Benzema received the Ballon d’Or for the first time.
The award, previously called Striker of the Year, has been renamed in honor of Müller, the legendary Bayern Munich striker whose Bundesliga single-season record of 40 goals was broken by Lewandowski en route to the trophy.
But if the Barcelona player is going to keep the prize again in 2023, he will have to take on Manchester City sensation Haaland.
No. 9 City have already scored 20 goals for the club, as well as one for Norway this season.
Meanwhile, Lewandowski, who was the fourth-best player in the Ballon d’Ors, has 14 points for Barça and none for Poland to be seven behind.
The 34-year-old was asked about Haaland when he received the Muller trophy at the Ballon d’Or, and Didier Drogba told him about “that guy” from City who is “on fire”.
Lewandowski said: “The season is very long and I know that this is also a new chapter for me with Barcelona. From the first days I feel very good in this club.