The Poland captain regrets ticking the box next to the Portuguese’s name and wishes he’d backed one of his current team-mates instead
Bayern Munich attacker Robert Lewandowski has rued his decision to pick Cristiano Ronaldo in the Fifa Ballon d’Or vote ahead of Manuel Neuer.
The Poland skipper gave the Real Madrid star five points ahead of his Bayern team-mates Neuer and Bastian Schweinsteiger, but he now feels the Germany goalkeeper would have been a better choice in hindsight.
Neuer eventually ended third in the running for the prize with 15.72 per cent of the votes, just 0.04 per cent behind Lionel Messi, while 37.66 per cent picked Ronaldo.
“Voting for Ronaldo instead of Neuer was a mistake,” Lewandowski was quoted as saying by Welt.
“I would clearly vote for Neuer now if I had the chance. But I already cast my vote back in August or something. I would vote different now.
“I am sorry for Manu. I am really surprised that he did not even come in second and the big gap to Ronaldo also baffles me. Manuel is an amazing goalkeeper and person.”
Neuer was one of four Bayern Munich players to make the top 10, with Arjen Robben (fourth), Thomas Muller (fifth), Philipp Lahm (sixth) all earning a spot among the world’s best, too.