This summer Eurosport is counting down the world's greatest footballers, as voted by our international network of journalists. We will reveal one player per day, culminating in the election of the first Ballon d'Eurosport on July 19.
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This season, Robert Lewandowski firmly established his reputation as one of Europe’s most complete strikers.
The Polish international is deadly in front of goal and his superb first touch and link up play were vital to Borussia Dortmund’s fluid attacking style.
The six-foot-tall Lewandowski has a superb ability to find space in crowded areas and a knack for hold-up play and pulling down high balls despite often giving up a few inches to his centre-back adversaries.
Although Dortmund failed to retain the Bundesliga title or defeat rivals Bayern Munich in last season’s Champions League final, Lewandowski has probably enjoyed his best season at the club.
He scored over 20 league goals and, remarkably, scored all four goals in Dortmund’s 4-1 victory against the Spanish giants Real Madrid in the Champions League semi-final.
With only 12 months left on his contract, Lewandowski’s future remains a source of speculation. Both Bayern Munich and Manchester United have long been keen and reportedly willing to offer a fee in excess of £20m for his services, though Dortmund understandably refuse to lose him without a fight.
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How Eurosport voted
We asked the editorial teams of 10 countries/areas around the Eurosport network to compile their list of the world's 25 best players.
Then we did the sums, Eurovision-style. It's simple: a first-place vote is worth 25 points, second place is 24... all the way down to one point for a 25th-place vote.
The Ballon d'Eurosport so far