By Oli Gamp For Mailonline
Published: 08:23 BST, 14 August 2020 | Updated: 08:23 BST, 14 August 2020
Rio Ferdinand says Bayern Munich star Robert Lewandowski should be outraged after the Ballon D'or was scrapped last month, saying he should 'start a petition to get it back on'.
The Polish forward was the favourite the win the prize after a sensational season that has seen him soar to the top of Europe's scorers list. He fired in 53 goals as he helped the German outfit win the Bundesliga and the German Cup, with the team also still in the Champions League.
The Ballon D'or was cancelled by organisers in France because of a 'lack of a sufficiently level playing field' after many leagues around the world were suspended due to the coroanvirus pandemic.
Bayern star Robert Lewandowski should have won the Ballon D'or this year, says Rio Ferdinand
He said it was 'a disgrace' to cancel the awards and said the striker should 'start a petition'
But Manchester United legend Ferdinand says the decision not to hold the awards this year was 'a disgrace'. He added that Lewandowski has 'taken himself to the next level' and thoroughly deserved to win it after years of Lionel Messi and Ronaldo dominating the ceremony.
'If I'm Lewandowski and they have cancelled the Ballon d'Or, I'm starting up a petition to get it back on,' he said, speaking to TEAMtalk.
'Aside from the year when Luka Modric won it, Messi and Ronaldo have dominated