Van Persie named his Ballon d’Or top three (Picture: Soccrates/Getty Images)Robin van Persie named the three players he believes deserves to be on the podium for the Ballon d’Or, and snubbed both Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. The former Arsenal and Manchester United striker believes Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski should win football’s most coveted individual prize. Premier League duo Kevin De Bruyne and Sadio Mane, of Manchester City and Liverpool respectively, are the other players to make his top three. Should Van Persie’s list come to fruition, it would be the first time since 2006 that neither Messi nor Ronaldo finished in the top three.ADVERTISEMENTSince 2007 only Luka Modric (2018) has won the award ahead of the duo, while Lewandowski, De Bruyne and Mane have never finished inside the top three. Robin van Persie names his Ballon d’Or top three with no place for Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterThursday 9 Jul 2020 7:40 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.2kShares Comment Advertisement Lewandowski has been in great form (Picture: AFP via Getty)Prollific Poland striker Lewandowski scored 52 goals in 43 appearances in all competitions last season, helping his side to win the Bundesliga and the DFB-Pokal while they are still in contention for the Champions League next month.AdvertisementAdvertisementHe is the top scorer in European competition, having scored 11 times in six Champions League matches, and no one in Europe’s top-five leagues has matched his 34-goal tally. More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityDe Bruyne has scored 11 times and provided 18 assists in the Premier League this season His side, Manchester City, have won the League Cup, are in the semi-finals of the FA Cup and still in contention for the Champions League.Mane helped end Liverpool’s 30-year title drought by scoring 16 times and providing seven assists while he won the Club World Cup, but Jurgen Klopp’s men are not in contention for any more trophies this season, having failed to defend the Champions League and losing in both domestic cup competitions. Mane and De Bruyne make up Van Persie’s top three (Picture: Getty)Messi could end up trophyless, with Barcelona trailing Real Madrid in La Liga, although he will hope to inspire his side to Champions League victory. He has netted 22 goals and provided 19 assists in La Liga alone this season. Ronaldo, meanwhile, will likely win Serie A with Juventus, having scored more goals for the club in a single season than any player in 60 years. He has banged in 26 goals in 27 Serie A matches and the Italian giants remain in contention to win the Champions League. Whoever wins Europe’s top club prize could take a massive step forwards to winning the Ballon d’Or, but Van Persie thinks Lewandowski is the man who should get his hands on the trophy.Should Robert Lewandowski win the Ballon d’Or?Yes0%No0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your resultsMORE: Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp explains why he benched Sadio Mane and Andy Robertson for Brighton clashMORE: Cesc Fabregas names Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard as the best opposition player he’s ever facedFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page.