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Ballon d'Or for Lewandowski is a must, says Nagelsmann******
BERLIN, Nov. 2 (Xinhua) -- Turning into a "playing spearhead" has lifted Robert Lewandowski to new heights, said Julian Nagelsmann after his side's 5-2 victory against Benfica.。
After the 33-year-old Pole scored three goals in his 100th Champions League game, the coach renewed his demand to award the striker with this year's Ballon d'Or.。
"In the past, everyone tried to get him out of balance by pushing, kicking and I don't know what. As it seemed he wasn't overwhelmingly impressed due to his robust body, he kept on scoring goals," Nagelsmann said.。
"Today he is even better after he changed his game and turned into a playing spearhead. These changes made him heading for new shores," the coach added.。
Nagelsmann added, only the united effort of an entire team can help to stop him. "A single defender can't take that load on his shoulders," the Bayern manager commented.。
"I can't think of anyone else deserving the award like he does after he over the past years continuously delivered goals," he added.。
Nagelsmann said Lewandowski is not only the goal hunting striker but delivers valuable contributions for the team's benefit. "That is what makes him a special one. He is without any doubt the World's best striker," Nagelsmann said.。
The Bayern striker in 2021 has scored 50 goals in 38 games. Next to the flood of goals, 98 assists might tell the story.。
No setback seems to harm Lewandowski's insatiable appetite. "I wouldn't call it a perfect game," the Pole stated after he had missed a penalty. 13 of his 15 penalties hit the target.。
"My fault, I saw the keeper dive to a corner but still shot the ball in that direction. It was disappointing of course, but it didn't bother me too long. A game is always about going on until the final whistle," Lewandowski said.。
He added with a wink: "It might be better to do it now than in the knock-out stage."
To never give up is one of the strikers' advantages, the Bayern coach added.。
With the Polish forward around Bayern turns into the 2021-2022 Champions League campaign's favorite. For now, his goals made Bayern already reach the next round after only four of six group games.。
To win silverware is about always keeping the finish line in mind in his perspective. "Today we won three points, but we are aware it's still some way to go," the Bayern striker said and praised the performance of Bayern's dynamic front line - Kingsley Coman, Serge Gnabry, and Leroy Sane. Gnabry and Sane also scored against Benfica while Coman delivered several assists.。
While his coach is counting on recovery breaks for most of his teammates, Lewandowski doesn't seem to become tired.。
Two to three days between the games are enough for him to recover when he keeps a disciplined life and deals with private and professional difficulties his way, the Bayern striker said.。
To keep his head free is the most essential thing for him as a striker.。
"When I was young, I thought I can get deal with problems when I keep them to myself. But that doesn't work out in the long run. So, I always talk about it. Together with my wife, we always find a solution," he said. Enditem。
HAIKOU, Dec. 2 (Xinhua) -- Donning a sport shirt with the number "99," Gao Rixiao energetically runs and plays football in silence on a green field, as sunlight dances across his face.。
"I love the number 99 because in Chinese it means forever," said Gao, 40. "And I want my passion for football to last forever."
Gao is a football player and assistant coach of a football team consisting of all deaf-mute players in Haikou, the capital of south China's Hainan Province.。
Gao said he used to feel depressed and upset because of his physical condition, but thanks to his passion for football and the companionship of family and friends, he has left behind the gloomy days and has become full of hope in life.。
"I am happy and content, and I feel like I have a sunny disposition," he said.。
PASSION FOR FOOTBALL。
Gao lost his hearing and voice at the age of two due to a serious fever and improper treatment. For this young child, being unable to talk or hear was simply too much to take.。
"I hated myself. I hated my parents. I was unhappy. I wanted to be loved and cared for," he recalled.。
In 1994, Gao watched a football match on TV at the special school he studied in. He did not know what football was, but he was fascinated. He asked deaf-mute people in the school to join him in playing football and "had a blast."
"My parents were worried that I might get hurt, but they saw me smiling a lot, and they were also very happy, and relieved," he said. "I feel like I used to live in a box, but football lifted the lid and let the light in."
After graduation in 2000, Gao became a sanitation worker, taking care of a local square in Haikou, but his passion for football never waned. In 2003, a provincial-level football team for deaf-mutes was established, attracting many special players like Gao.。
Every Monday, Gao and his team members gather at a football field for training. For them, football is a platform to show their abilities, as well as a bridge to connect deaf-mutes with others in society.。
"We may not be able to sing or talk like others, but playing football shows that we are just like everyone else in society," he said. "It is a way for us to make friends, relax and have a lot of fun in life."
This year, they took part in the 11th National Games for Persons with Disabilities on behalf of Hainan and ranked No.7 in the game.。
"We are super, super proud and happy," he said.。
Football may be a vital part of Gao's life, but not all. He currently works at a property management office in Haikou and is responsible for recording staff attendance, making conference slogans and banners, and taking care of warehouse materials.。
"I am good at paper cutting and I enjoy making the banners by hand. Every character on each banner is handmade by me," Gao said.。
In his spare time, he studies computer science and promotes sign language learning in Hainan to help more disabled people adapt to society.。
Gao was elected chairman of the Hainan association of the deaf in May 2008.。
"Physical disability is not terrible, as long as you stay positive at heart. If we face things optimistically, everything will be fine," Gao said.。
"PLAY FOOTBALL FOREVER"
China has 85 million disabled people, according to the China Disabled Persons' Federation.。
To help people like Gao, the Hainan Disabled Persons' Federation organizes training camps for the football team each year and provides the players with football fields and equipment.。
The federation allocates special funds for disabled athletes to cover their transportation, accommodation and medical insurance for sports events, according to Li Bangyong, with the federation.。
The country will facilitate scientific and technological innovation and talent development for better care and support for people with disabilities from 2021 to 2025, stated a plan on stepping up the protection of the rights and interests of people with disabilities issued in July by the State Council, China's cabinet.。
In the future, Gao plans to lead the football team to more sports events to help deaf-mute footballers "experience the big world."
"I hope our team can play football forever," Gao added. Enditem。