Lionel Messi has praised the Poland international, Robert Lewandowski, after he was deprived of the award in 2020 and also finished second in the voting this year
Lewandowski who is aged 33 was largely seen as the favorite to win the Ballon d’Or in 2020 because of his goal-scoring exploits for Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the award was canceled.
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According to the Paris Saint-Germain star Lionel Messi, he believes the Bayern Munich striker, Robert Lewandowski should be retrospectively awarded the 2020 Ballon d’Or. Messi won the 2021 Ballon d’Or winner and said this in his acceptance speech at a ceremony in Paris. This trophy was the seventh time in his career as a footballer.
What Messi said;
“I would like to mention Robert Lewandowski, it’s been a real honour to compete with you,”
“Everyone knows and we agree that you were the winner last year. I think France Football should award you your 2020 Ballon d’Or – you deserve it and you should have it at home.”
He continued, “I think Robert Lewandowski had a great year. Year after year, he improves and shows the excellent striker he is, as well as his ability to score goals.
“This year he was awarded as the top scorer. Of course he can certainly aspire to that level next year, thanks to his way of being on the pitch. And in addition, he plays for a big club.”