Former Barcelona captain strongly believes that Lewandowski deserves to win the Ballon d’Or despite firm competition from Karim Benzema.

Speaking at the sixth edition of the XAP charity paddle tennis tournament, former Barcelona captain Carles Puyol told reporters “Lewandowski deserves the Ballon D’or,” Puyol said. 

“Benzema and Lewandowski are the best strikers in the world. Karim has been putting Madrid on his back since Cristiano left and Lewandowski has been incredible at Bayern,” he further added.

Lewandowski signed for FC Barcelona from Bayern for €45million this summer and has already scored five goals the Catalonians.

The ex-Barcelona captain also believes that Real Madrid and Barcelona are still the main contenders for the La Liga this season.

“I think Barça have the best squad in La Liga, better than Madrid,

“Madrid and Barça will fight for La Liga until the very end. I remember the leagues that were decided by 90 points, this is going to be one of them,” Puyol stated.

He also tipped Barcelona and Real Madrid as favourites in the Champions League, saying: “Madrid have a competitive gene in the Champions League, and that always makes them part of the favourites. At Barça, with the squad that we have, we should also be favourites.”