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Referee Felix Zwayer watches the VAR monitor after a handball controversy in Der Klassiker. Photograph: Ina Fassbender/AFP

Referee Felix Zwayer watches the VAR monitor after a handball controversy in Der Klassiker. Photograph: Ina Fassbender/AFP

It was a disappointing start to the week for Robert Lewandowski, who had to digest the realisation that although he clearly deserves to have won at least two Ballon D’Ors, he will now probably finish his career with none. Apparently smashing Gerd Müller’s untouchable Bundesliga goalscoring record and winning the German league and cup double doesn’t match up to winning the Copa America with Argentina while being called Lionel Messi.

At least the weekend gave Lewandowski the chance to take out his frustrations on Borussia Dortmund, the club he left on a free transfer in 2014 and has punished so horribly ever since, with 24 goals in 24 matches against them.

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