Robert Lewandowski says he is non-plussed at making the 30-man shortlist for the Ballon d’Or award, insisting only the top three places matter.
The Bayern Munich striker is among prestigious names to be up for this year’s award, having come 16th last year.
Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have dominated the award for the last nine years, with Ronaldo hoping to win his fifth award to draw level with his Barcelona rival.
But Lewandowski says he places greater importance on team success – though he admits he is often baffled at the decision process.
“I wouldn’t say it was that important to me,” Lewandowski told ESPN FC.
“Success at Bayern is more important, especially in the Champions League. If we reach the Champions League final and win the Bundesliga, we can speak again but the Ballon d’Or is never my focus.
“I don’t know why some players get 50th, 5th or 25th place.
“Only the first three places are important. That is why last year I was a little bit… how should I say… shocked.
“Because if you play for Bayern Munich and are playing Champions League semi finals and scoring a lot of goals in the Bundesliga and you’re second top scorer in the Champions League… I don’t know what place I was but it was a little bit funny – maybe funny is the right word.”